How I Began in Music Horacio Reflects on World Music Day
Despite everything happening in the world, there’s a lot of good to look forward to in my life. My wife and I are going to have a new baby girl in October. My son who passed away wanted to name his first kid Green, so we’re naming our daughter Green in memory of him. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the experiences that Green will have; I look forward to getting to teach her guitar because of what music has added to my life. World Music Day, celebrated on June 21, is a day in France where citizens go out into the streets and play music for their friends and neighbors. I did the same thing in Paraguay as a kid, and I still think sharing music is one of the best experiences you can have. Music has a powerful presence in our lives — I like to think that it’s there for us through our most challenging and happiest moments. In my last newsletter, I talked about my band, Loose Change, but I didn’t explain my whole journey through music and how that’s affected my practice today. In Paraguay, when I was 8 years old, my mother was a music teacher and decided she’d teach me nylon acoustic guitar, or Spanish guitar. I learned a lot of Spanish folk songs from her and kept up the practice as I became a teenager. Serenades are very popular in Latin America. We’d go play songs outside — often at midnight — and wait for whomever we were serenading to wake up. Often their parents will wake them up and they will come outside to watch us for a little bit as we play their songs. I have really fond memories of that and all of the camping and bonfire nights I spent with friends back then, playing guitar with them all. Spanish folk songs and a bit of jazz were mostly what I knew at first. When I was 30 and moved to the States, I decided that I’d expand. I started electric guitar lessons and
learned blues and classic rock, alternative rock, and songs like that. I felt like I was picking up almost everything and enjoying all of it. Learning music can be a very freeing feeling, even if it requires time and dedication. I started getting more instruction fromYouTube videos, in addition to in-person lessons. There are so many ways to learn online these days, and that’s how I acquired many of my current guitar techniques. Then, a few years ago, I joined a school known as School of Rock. We joined ensembles and each of us played an instrument. Of course, I played guitar in the bands. Then, after a few months of rehearsing, we’d play in a venue, like a bar. I met all of my bandmates through this program over the years. We decided we wanted to practice and perform more regularly together and formed our band, Loose Change. We call it Loose Change because our band has many members, so we each take turns on the instruments, rotating after a few songs; I
may perform on guitar for a few songs before another guitarist steps in, and I return later in the set. We switch often enough that Loose Change made sense to us! I’ve seen my practice benefit in unexpected ways from music. Sometimes I’ll bring it up and clients will be surprised or share their own fascinating experiences with music. Maybe it’s an easy conversation starter because we tend to associate music with changes and growth in our lives. There are certain songs that always bring me back to my days near the bonfire with my friends and certain songs that remind me of my wife. Whether through tragedy or triumph, I’m glad the music I listen to and play is going to be here for Green, too. I hope you get to celebrate music with a little playing or listening this month.
Enjoy your June, friends.
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