For the Love of Ella

I have always found music to be wonderfully evocative of mood. It can soothe you, fire you up to exercise, enable you to cry over a broken heart and lift your spirits when you’re feeling flat. My taste is eclectic, with everything from Gregorian Chants to Classical, Lana Del Ray to ACDC making an appearance on my ipod. In fact whoever stole my ipod last year probably didn’t know what to make of it. There are however a couple of exceptions in genre. I have never developed a taste for heavy metal or techno.

At the moment I am having a renewed love affair with Ella Fitzgerald.

Ella is on repeat play and baby and I dance around while doing the housework. I’m not sure that the neighbours appreciate my off-key warblings as I peg out the washing, but it’s keeping me happy.

It’s funny when I stop and think about how different people have influenced my taste in music over the years. I have realised that my Dad has been a huge influence, in fact probably the major one, introducing me to Gregorian chants, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and the Andrew Sisters, not to mention classical. Our old neighbours Heather and Geoff introduced me to Jazz as Geoff was a very talented Jazz musician. A high school sweetheart fuelled my love of The Beatles and my kids have introduced me to some of the new music on the playlist. Being involved in Musicals while at high school introduced me to Gilbert & Sullivan and Folk Music.

Like Books, Music is one of the great loves of my life and something that I couldn’t live without. It will be interesting to see if I in turn influence my children’s taste as they grow up. We have a favourite playlist that we listen to in the car which consists mainly of upbeat tunes. Ashley’s favourite is “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. She really gets her groove on for that. India is a little more laid back and she and Ben tend to favour Bob Marley. India has a great head bobbing routine to “Could You Be Loved”.

One of the big regrets that I have is that I can’t sing very well. I would have loved to have been able to belt out a good torch song. Unfortunately my repetoire is distinctly flat in tone. Oh well, baby doesn’t mind and is quite happy to join in with Mummy on the chorus!

About embracingtheimperfections

I am a mother of six children. My children's ages range from 20 down to 1, so we are dealing with a lot of different ages and stages, not to mention a lot of different personalities. One of my twins has cerebral palsy so that adds yet another dimension to our lives. Along my journey so far I have learnt that life is far from perfect and that sometimes it's the imperfections that round out the harsh edges and give it a quality that is precious and unique. My love of the imperfect extends into my home life too. I love all things vintage, hand crafted, home grown and home cooked. I love to be creative and I love learning. I am definitely not a minimalist! I aspire to be tidy and organized but I am realizing that with six children, three cats and a crazy black Labrador that is probably beyond my capabilities, so I embrace the beautiful chaos that ensues!
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2 Responses to For the Love of Ella

  1. Music is also the love of my life…..My elder brother has been an influence on my musical interests but i believe 80’s were the BEST!

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