When I was about 7 years old (or around there), I started falling in love with music. Not just "ooh, this is a good song, cool" but really, listening to the music, understanding the lyrics, and finding the passion that was in each line. I had a little portable tape player, and just one or two tapes that I'd listen to over and over. My mom took notice after a few weeks, sat me down in her bedroom, closed the door, and gave me a stack of over 20 tapes. Things like Whiteheart, Petra, U2, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, and tons of other great rock anthem type 80s stuff. She explained the passion behind some of the songs- most of it was Christian, and all of it was very interesting to me. I got stuck on "This Means War" by Petra for about a month after that.
Fast forward 20 years, my son is in love with a couple of really interesting songs. He is singing them every day, and showing lots of interest. I started to try and explain to him the passion behind the music, and I gave him a CD to listen to, but... maybe it's just me and my poor attempt at it, but you just can't compare to that 80s music that drew me in.
I've been listening to the 80's station on Pandora recently, and the most incredible music from my early years pops up and has me passionately re-living a lot of those early years- Some really great songs from Journey, ACDC, Bon Jovi, etc. Man, those guys knew how to deliver passion on a platter. Singing their hearts out about the briefest of encounters with a woman, or a brush with fate- anything they could get their hands on.
I'll keep trying with Judah, I'm hoping I can really show him this kind of stuff, but I have a feeling that it'll just naturally happen, with how interested in everything he is. Judah is eager to learn and discover *everything.* There isn't a hobby, topic, or job he doesn't want to have in the world, and that love of life and passion inside his little 4 year old brain is mesmerizing. One of the best side effects for me is that it gives me something to really treasure and appreciate about life right now, amidst the mundane that I've talked about in previous blog posts.
Listen to some 80s music for me and relive the rock 'n roll era! It's amazing! (Sure beats Justin Beiber and Rihanna garbage)