Consuming versus Creating - #WritingPromptWednesday

Music was my first love.

Watching my father sing and play guitar taught me so much about the joy music can bring not just to the listeners, but to the creator as well.

As a young kid, I consumed music every chance I could. I had a small record player, but very few records. My absolute favourite group when I was an early teen was the Bay City Rollers! Remember them?

When 8-track players came out, I begged my father to get to me one…. And he did! It was a small red transistor radio with an 8-track slot in the side. I was in heaven. My first 8-track was ABBA “Greatest Hits”, followed by Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind”, The Rolling Stones “Emotional Rescue” and Blondie’s “Parallel Lines”. What can I say, it was the late 70’s – early 80’s, and it was a time when I played albums obsessively, hanging onto each and every note and lyric.

This love affair continued all throughout my teens and early adulthood. I learned how to play guitar and dreamed of becoming a star (….didn’t everyone?)! I caught the creative buzz, and I liked it.

I ‘broke-up’ with music for a short period in my 30’s.

I stopped playing. I stopped creating. I became a consumer only. That period was a very time in my life when I put everyone else’s needs over my own (my choice), and let my dreams and desires (almost) vanish.