Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting to Know You: Musical Talents

This weekend, my home – the French Quarter of New Orleans – was inundated with music lovers from far and wide. Residents and tourists alike had come for the 28th annual French Quarter Festival – one of the largest free music festivals in the American South. Featuring hundreds of musical performances – from solo guitarists to lively zydeco bands – the festival was, as usual, a huge success, filling the streets of my beloved neighborhood with song and merriment.

All that revelry made me wish that I were a little better at playing my own guitar – and also made me wonder about the musical talents of the authors and characters that visit CIC. Though I'm aware of some – like Abigail and her flute, Marcus and his voice (despite his relatives' constant ragging) – I'm curious about other musical abilities, obvious or otherwise.

So, authors and characters, I ask you:

Do you have any musical talents? If so, what are they? And if not, what instruments would you most like to learn?

34 comments:

Marc said...

Thanks, Laura, I do enjoy a bit of singing from time to time.

Aidan said...

I listen to a lot of music on my iPod. Does that count?

Laura Martone said...

I know, Marc. So, I've heard. *wink*

And, Aidan, well, technically, listening to music on your iPod isn't the same as having a musical ability, but at least, you're a music lover, so that's something.

Olivia Harper said...

Obviously, having a musical talent is important to you, Laura. Why else would so many of your characters play musical instruments? There's me on the piano, my mom and her guitar, even Jesse with the drums. Actually, almost everyone in Ruby Hollow seems to have a knack for making music.

Can't be a coincidence.

Laura Martone said...

You're right, Liv. There is a method to my madness. Muhahaha!

Jil said...

I ran off to London with the leader of a hard rock band so I spent many hours in sleazy clubs listening to him play.At first, when I thought he was god, I loved the music, but with time it became just raucous noise.

At that time I worked in a pub and some nights old Ben would come in with his dog and if Josh brought his guitar they'd sing, and everyone would join in, me too. All those rough old characters with their ancient songs beat the pants of the racket my boyfriend's group made.

I can't play any instrument but I do love to sing.

Galadriel said...

I have to agree with Aidan. Although I did have some music lessons--enough to pluck out a melody on the piano--I am more of a music lover than a musican.
Look, Abigail, you're mentioned on the post:)

Abigail said...

*clears throat* Ah, something I can discuss at length. You see, in my world...

Galadriel said...

Not now, Abigail. I have much schoolwork to do. Why don't you compose an answer and post it later?

Laura Martone said...

I know the feeling, Galadriel. I myself have much work to do - or else I'd elaborate on my own answer...

And, Abigail, of course, you have a lot to say - why do you think I called you out in the original post? ;-)

Marenya said...

I have no talent whatsoever. Neither does my author.

Candy said...

Aw, Maryena. I bet you do! Maybe hearing a song in your heart or encouraging someone else?

I don't have much musicwise either, it all goes into painting.

Aidan said...

You can sing, love.

Laura Martone said...

That's what I do, Aidan - sing. I used to play the piano (which is why Olivia plays), but I want to play the guitar better than I do (so I have to live vicariously through Devi). Isn't creating characters (I mean, alter egos) fun?

Aidan said...

I wouldn't know about creating characters, Laura. But if you say so...

Galadriel said...

Okay, I still have tons of work to do. So much, in fact, that I shall fall prey to the black/white all/nothing fallacy and ignore it all so Abigail can respond

Abigail said...

Well, then...the two main aspects of my world are roses and music. The roses require their own explaination, but the music is my current topic.
We all grow up around instruments and choose one of our own around seven or eight years old, although some people might change later. People tend to express themselves musically a lot, especially when they can't find words. We have a saying "What cannot be said may be felt(in roses) What cannot be felt may be heard (in music)"
My instrument is a flute, but there are other types of instruments used as well

Micah said...

Greetings in the name of the King. One thing Abigail forgot to mention was that music is used in our healing treatments. It helps heal a person's spirit as well as their bodies. I play a harp, and my wife plays played a mandolin.

Joel said...

I used to have a horn, but I replaced it with a flute when I left the ways of my father behind me forever. It is a weapon, music strong enough to kill.

Olivia Harper said...

Wow, Joel, that's my powerful music indeed. Don't think I've ever killed with my piano.

Olivia Harper said...

Oops. I meant "mighty powerful music." Darn author and her wine tasting.

Aidan said...

Music that can kill.

I like it. I like it a lot.

It'd probably be really bad music though.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Somehow, it doesn't surprise me that deadly music would impress you, Aidan.

Though I must admit, I'm kinda curious... does it blow out people's eardrums, explode their heads, or what?

Aidan said...

I don't know. I guess since we're just theorizing we could make it do whatever we wanted.

Maybe church music would blow up the legions we fight. (grin) That'd rock.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Well, Aidan, as an atheist, I have to admit that would be pretty cool...

...as long as no nice church-goers get hurt.

Aidan said...

We do our best to cut down on human casualties, Nutmeg. Don't worry.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Phew. That's a relief.

Galadriel said...

Well, I guess we know who hangs out here, don't we? A lot of people with deadly tendacies.

Joel said...

No, our music basically induces what my author calls "clinical depression" in about three minutes and death in five.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Wow, Joel, that almost sounds worse.

Jesse Littleton said...

Yeah, I'm with you, Meg. And, Galadriel, at least we're working through our deadly tendencies here at CIC, instead of unleashing them upon the world...

Jesse Littleton said...

Well, at least some of us are...

Aidan said...

(grin) nah, Jesse, I'm pretty much about releasing my deadly tendencies on the world. Worlds. Whatever. As long as demons are around, that's what I have to do.

Jesse Littleton said...

I know, Aidan, I was thinking of you when I said "some of us are..." *wink*