my contribution

I was thinking as I was jogging (okay, mostly walking) today that I don’t have any of those nifty musical gadgets that most of California’s population 8 and up seem to have. You know those handy things that you can download music onto? 8-track player? No, that’s not right – no, the little ones with the names out of Star Wars – Ipod, Mp3.

I’m behind on music technology. This is weird considering my love for music, but isn’t weird considering my lack of finances. I started visualizing my walking routine with one of those Nano’s and decided it is probably a good thing I don’t have one. I would just make a fool out of myself. You see, I sing when I listen to music. Not the pleasant-hum-along kind of singing either. No, I sing loudly—all parts—while I bang my steering wheel for my drums and tap my fingers for the horns. I’m the lead singer, lead guitarist and back-up and it isn’t pretty. I’ve occasionally looked to my left or right at a stoplight to see someone laughing hysterically at me. One time when I was in Spain, I looked to my right while waiting at a red light only to see an entire construction crew mimicking me and laughing. I was embarrassed for at least a day or two — and then started singing again.

My sister said after my first trip to Disneyland, when I was around five, I sang “It’s a Small World After All” for months. I know that must have been incredibly annoying because my three kids like to sing loudly–very loudly. It gets frustrating because sometimes I can’t hear myself sing because they are singing so loudly. So, I guess it is better for the world that I don’t have one of those Star Wars musical gadgets. It’s my contribution to world peace.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucid
    May 07, 2007 @ 16:59:42

    OMG, you are so funny! I like reading your posts lol. Hey look, you act or sing any way you want to!!!! If it makes you happy and it makes you feel good, then by all means, don’t spare us on the count of you…. I say go for it!!!! 😉 The rest of the world will just have to deal {giggle}

  2. Luisa
    May 08, 2007 @ 03:13:04

    I got an iPod as a gift couple of years ago, and I love it., and I sing very loudly whenever possible: in the car, while on the dreadmill, in the kitchen–it mattereth not. Yes, I know the kids in the next minivan over are mocking me, but I am past caring. So you go for it, girl–assuming it’s within your budget.

  3. tobeme
    May 08, 2007 @ 06:32:48

    Sing loud and sing proud! Singing is happy and happy is always a good thing to spread around.

  4. rjlight
    May 08, 2007 @ 11:43:52

    Lucid — THANK YOU!

    Luisa — Yep, that budget thingy…eventually the world will hear me!

    tobeme–I do and I will! I guess I do spread happiness since I make people laugh! 🙂

  5. Jenna
    May 09, 2007 @ 11:06:20

    I have been teased for years about my singing. Not in a bad way, just that everyone knows I’m doing it. My children all know never to speak in the car because I’m singing, and their job is to not mess up the concert. The louder the better, the more harmonies the better. I don’t have an Ipod either because of finances, but as soon as I get one, I’ll be the power walker power-singing on the streets.

  6. Diane
    May 09, 2007 @ 14:21:05

    Ha – funny. Ok but you still have to think about getting an iPod if you’re going to walk/run much. I download episodes of NPR’s “Wait, Wait don’t tell me” for free each week and laugh out loud while I run. I look as dumb as people that sing out loud, but I’m having a great time and the times passes so quickly.

  7. rjlight
    May 09, 2007 @ 15:21:50

    Jenna — so funny! I need to train my kids better! Mine is not quite the concert though!

    Diane — hmmm, great idea I love free things especially when they make me laugh — I just need to find a free ipod!

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