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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Music, Food For The Soul
Whenever I hear certain old songs, I immediately think of where I was when that song was popular, it is like an instant mental time machine. For example, when I hear Time Won't Let Me by The Outsiders (1966), I think of being in my grandparents living room in Kennebunk, Maine, listening to the copy I bought.
I was at the Austin School on Philbrick Street in Kittery, Maine, for sixth grade (1960), and my teacher was Mrs. Winward. I remember she drove a Chevy Bel Air. She was one of my favourite teachers because she made education fun. By training, she was a music teacher, but because there were no openings, she took the class room position. I don't know why I know that, but for some reason I do! Consequently, we had a lot of music time in class. Though I am not talented musically, she did instill the love of music into me. It was in her class that I had my first exposure to classical music, to wit I was fascinated by the magical sound of the Peer Gynt suite by Edvard Grieg. We would often sing fun songs in class, one of which; Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?......... Thanks, Mrs. Winward!
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent - Victor Hugo