Our family loves music.
After all, my parents met at a music competition. So I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for their love of music.
And Albert had our first date because I had to borrow his keyboard and return it to him. And when I returned it to him, he cooked me dinner… and the rest is history.
So it’s been assumed since birth that our kids would play instruments. Daniel started playing piano when he was 5. Megan when she was 4.
But over time, Megan developed an interest in the violin. She has been fascinated in violin since age 2, following her violin-playing cousin around and watching in rapt fascination. I hated playing the violin so never gave it a serious thought.
But then we moved to Roseville and found a great violin teacher. She loved it so much she lost interest in piano. So that was sad for me… but now that I look back it was totally the right thing to do to let her stop piano to focus on violin.
She has only been playing 3.5 years and I can’t believe how good she is for such a short time. Here’s a clip… she starts out serious and then gets silly in going crazy fast.
Daniel has kept to piano all these years — he’s got some pretty fast fingers too!
(These videos were taken with my iPhone 3GS — amazing what good video that itty bitty phone camera takes!)
Meanwhile, I’m still taking weekly drum lessons (and feel like a horrible drummer because I don’t have as much time to practice as I would like). It’s nice every once in a while to feel like I’m breaking through the plateau areas I have been frustrated at for years.
Also I am playing keys on the worship team. We just got a new keyboard, a Roland VR-700, which is part keyboard and part B3 organ.
It has been fun for me to learn a little more about how to make different sounds with the organ side and how to use the keyboard — I used to have to attach my VK-8M organ sound module to a second keyboard, but this keyboard does both. It doesn’t have quite the customization and ease of use as the VK-8M but it greatly simplifies things and I’m pretty happy with it!
Albert plays bass as a sub once in a while, but spends most of his time helping out in the tech/AV area, which is in desperate need of helpers!
It’s very fun that our family has such a unified interest in music!