My husband and I are musicians, and we enjoy playing and creating music together. We’ve got a few projects that we’re cooking up for listeners. But it’ll probably be awhile still.
Over the next 10 years, as our younger three children (of five) mature and move on into adulthood, and I shift into retirement from my day job, we anticipate having many more opportunities to produce music that we love playing, and that we hope our listeners will love hearing.
We thought it would be fun to capture the process of the production and distribution of music as partners in this project.
You can learn more at our website Exit out of Exile.com.
You know, music has been an integral part of my life, from my earliest years to now.
In the late seventies, I was given a record player in a suitcase that I carried with me everywhere. I listened to all my records over and over again, and then, tapped into my parent’s stash of vinyl records.
I was given a Walkman with audio cassettes, and wore out the tapes.
I listened to the radio, noticing how songs were composed.
I studied song books my Dad had. Then, I tried to emulate the structure I found in those song books to write my own songs.
I learned to play a bunch of different instruments over the years – organ, piano, guitar, violin, French horn, and flute.
At one point, I envisioned becoming a professional French horn player, but my family didn’t have the resources then to sustain that dream.
So, I looked for more practical solutions to make a living while I studied at the University. I found the field of education, and in fact, I have relied on my expertise and experience in adult education to feed and support my family.
But music is a funny beast. It’s everywhere. It can remind you of a moment, or define an era, or especially, open a doorway into your heart that can change you in profound ways. And though the playing and creation of music took a step into the background of my life, I continued to listen to all kinds of music over the years to keep sharp for when I would have more time to invest in music.
Learning to play and to create music is intoxicating – because it has such power and impact on the hearts and souls of people.
This excitement is what drives my husband and I to continue evolving the dream we had as children to share music with the world. The timelessness of music, and the emergence of web-based tools to support independent musicians, help bring us that much closer to making those dreams a reality. Some day. Before we pass on.