The Gift of Music

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.  -Bob Marley


Good morning from my side of the world (Midwest EST)!

I’m sure that you can relate, music is an essential part of my life as well as yours. I can’t go a day without it and though my playlist changes, the way it makes me feel is nothing comparable to anything with the exception to writing. That’s why they go together so perfectly like a cup of coffee in the mornings.

I remember, as a kid, playing my “Rad” air guitar to some of my favorite songs. My mom and Pop would catch me doing this all the time, thus making them my first fans. I would imagine myself playing in front of huge crowds as they cheered! As I got older, I put away my air guitar for a real one. My paws are a little too small for me to be comfortable playing as much I did.

My grandpa (mentor and angel now) introduced me to the ukulele. I didn’t want to feed my stereotypical “Islander” persona but years later I gave it a chance. I couldn’t believe how much easier it was and that it felt so natural. Granted, I play some of the same music over and over but it’s how it makes you feel is what I love. Something so simple held together by wood and strings can make a beautiful sound by the player. It can be complicated, yes…trust me. But it’s also that simple. Another “Philosphical” moment to life.

Then you have the lyrics. With music alternating from screaming into the microphone to making “No damn sense”, it’s still a form of writing. Being able to conjure the words that flow well with the melody is like baking a fresh batch of cookies for the first time. It looks great, feels great, and it also tastes great. But, as some may know, not everyone will be fond of them. It sort of hurts not achieving the ultimate “Wow! This is too good” moment but at the same time, you know they weren’t the ones who made it. We have different tastes for what we prefer both to music and food (for the readers, yes…I am obsessed with food).

Being eclectic, I love hearing many versions of music. I grew up around:

-Reggae (Bob Marley and Peter Tosh)

-Pacific Reggae (Three Plus, Oshen, Peter Andre, and Fiji)

-Country [Thanks mom] (George Straight, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney)

-80’s Pop Rock [again…thanks mom] (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Poison)


But as I continue this journey through life, more and more have been added. I love listening to Gospel, Bluegrass, Jazz, Alternative Rock….you get the idea. It’s the feeling they can provoke that make you go back for more.

I am hoping this Christmas, once Off-Spring’s gifts arrive from Santa for me to wrap, I can get a new instrument to play with. I grew fond of the violin and have thought about getting one for a whole year now. I still play my guitar and ukulele. But I am looking for something to finesse now and learn (That’s why I live on the bottom floor…*whispers Nobody can hear me).

If you have any suggestions for some music, please let me know! I’m a private person but I grew fond to this community. So send me an email ( or a msg on Twitter (@johnErage)…it doesn’t matter. If you don’t want to, that’s cool too!

I hope this entry made your day and that you won’t be afraid to blare your music loud and proud….because I am!

Take care…I mean it 🙂



2 thoughts on “The Gift of Music”

  1. I’m not a talented musician, but I play: piano, drums, saxophone, guitar, and clarinet. If you want to branch outside of the string section – clarinet is the way to go. They are very easy to learn and practice on. Saxophone is great too, but it takes a bit more dedication. Price wise you can get a decent clarinet for around $300 – $500. You might also enjoy learning key board or piano. There are a wide range of programs to learn how to play, not too mention the ease of playing.

  2. I’m that person to touch and try all the instruments at music shops…I would say I’m embarrassed by it, but I’m not. I’ll have to look into the wind family, I’m not much of a keyboard/piano/keytar (guitar keyboard) person.

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