TK1 Blogger Tracy Gamboe – The Power Of Music
T-Time – My Music
So I labor for hours ’cause I know the power Of a song when a song hits you right Pouring my soul into stories of life Hoping someone’ll hear one tonight Maybe my voice will cut through the noise And stir up an old memory And out of these piano keys Comes the sound, the sound of a million dreams – David Nail’s Sound of a Million Dreams
How many times have you heard a song and you automatically think of a certain time in your life or a situation that you can relate to? I do over and over. I think that’s why I LOVE music! Now to be honest, I can’t always remember who sang it or all the lyrics to a song but the feelings are still there. Let me share a little of my musical history (not instruments, although I did play the violin for a few years, but my musical tastes)…my first exposure to country was my mom’s Charley Pride album when I was very young. Several years later, the only music that was played in our house was religious. Then I became a teenager and that teenager found secular music! At 13 years old, my first band crush was on the Bay City Rollers. Oh my, the tartan clad lads from Scotland! Whenever I hear S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT on the radio or even on TV (Planter’s used it in a commercial a few years ago) my mind goes back to a time when I lived in a small coal mining town in southeastern Ohio…my first boyfriend, my first taste of wine, my second boyfriend, first kiss. I’m still in contact with my best friend from that time, Lisa…she’s the one that introduced me to Queen, Foreigner, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Journey, Elton John and all those great bands from that era. We lived there for about two years before we moved on and all I had was my radio to keep me company while I wrote letters to the friends and boyfriend that I had left behind. As time passed, I married into a family of country music lovers. This was my re-introduction to the “new” country. I fell in love with Ricky Van Shelton, Little Texas, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio, Blackhawk, Lone Star, John Berry and Michelle Wright. After a while, for whatever reason, I drifted away for a few years and started listening to light rock, which I still listen to occasionally because IT brings back memories also. James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” was at the top of the list when I broke my thumb and they found a bone cyst…something you don’t forget very quickly. And I still listen to Praise and Worship music because it just centers me in a different way. But my oldest son, Aaron brought me back to country. When he started watching the music videos, I decided to see what was going on in the country scene and then I saw Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and Gloriana’s “Wanna Take You Home Tonight”…I’ve been back ever since. I think that country music touches your heart and soul in a deeper way than most secular music. Maybe because the songs are about things that the average person experiences. It crosses nationalities and races. It’s one type of music that everyone can relate to if they listen to the lyrics. And let’s face it, it’s just FUN! Some of my favorite artists right now are Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Sara Evans and I’ve got my eye on some “newbies” like David Nail, Andy Gibson, Bradley Gaskin, James Wesley. Then you have the ones that are just starting out like Brandon Lay and Outshyne. One that I’m watching that’s not country is Dean Riddle Jr. So, whatever mood you’re in…enjoy your music and memories!
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