February 19, 2009

Music Memories


I grew up with a father who was (and still is) one of the most musically talented people I know. He plays a variety of string instruments including, guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, and base. He is also talented on harmonica, trumpet, and mouth harp.

The best childhood memories I have, including my Dad, involve MUSIC. My father was passionate about his music. He loved learning new instruments and performing his amazing talents for others. Listening to him practice his instruments each and every day, watching his bluegrass band practice and attending their gigs…these were the highlights of our weekend visits with Dad.

These wonderful exposures and the memories I have from them, are what has helped me to develop my LOVE and APPRECIATION for music. It has also been the biggest inspiration, as a parent, to try to emulate the same experience with my children.

I want my children to discover music, the talents they might have with it, and the memories associated with it.

Here are a few of the ways we do this at Buttercup Farm.

  • Since I am not in a band, I give my children the experience of live music by hosting a concert series and attending as many music related events as possible.

  • We keep soft classical music playing most of the time in our home.
  • Mr. Buttercup and I have been “playing with instruments” for fun (he, the accordian, me, the uke)
  • From birth-4 years old, the girls and I attended Music Together. I am still in awe of how much they each learned through this program.
  • We dance…every chance we get. It is a ritual of ours to dance before bed…usually to Irish Music.
  • We offer opportunities for each of the girls to play instruments of their choice.

A few months ago, Tulip (my oldest) expressed an interest in playing the flute. I played the flute for 4 years when I was her age and thought we could have a great time together learning (re-learning) this instrument. Here is our first official duet.flute-dueta

My father taught me to love music by loving music himself. I hope that my children also develop fond memories and love for music based on the experiences and memories we are giving them.


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Comments (6)

Dawn said:

Hi Shawn,

I found your website via Tracy Porter’s and have been checking in but haven’t commented until now..your duet with your little Tulip is just so precious, and way to go on re-learning the flute. I tried to learn the Piano when my boys began lessons, but it was short lived :)

Michaela said:

That was great! I really wanted to play the flute when I was younger also, but I took up the piano instead! It’s really neat to be able to play an instrument.

Kim @ Forever Wherever said:

We love music around here! My boys both play piano. I made my oldest one learn piano before I would buy him a guitar, and I’m glad I did. He learned a ton about music that some people skip while learning guitar. My youngest son play violin. He decided on his own about a year ago that he enjoyed to sound of it. All musical instruments are amazing when played by your children! Enjoy!

colleen said:

Flute- tastic!!!! Bravo….

Shawn from Buttercup said:

Hello ladies..
Dawn…Piano, hard instrument to play and I am sure to re-learn, maybe you and your beautiful Lucy can learn something together!
Mica, You are such a beautiful and talented musician. I hope you keep up with the PIANO.
Kim, Way to go embracing true “musicalality” with your sons.

Rebecca said:

How sweet is this?? What a great thing to be taking lessons together and sharing music with your daughter!

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