Are You A Music Aficionado and/or A Music Appreciator?

Aficionado: a person who likes and knows a lot about something. Appreciator: someone who values or admires highly.
by Mike Corthell

If you are like me you love to listen to music. You may even dream about singing on stage or even becoming a star! But, alas, you can't carry a tune in a wheelbarrow. What to do about your passion for music and playing an instrument when you cannot?

You become a rabid, music appreciator or even an aficionado, that's what!

But before you jump to any conclusions about whether or not you can sing, play the guitar or dance. Have you ever really tried? Could it be that you are just painfully introverted? Check yourself out honestly and objectively. If you are truly tone deaf then it's time to be a fan, an informed one so that you can really dig in and dig it man!

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Keep your mind open. This maybe the most important part of becoming a music appreciator. Go with the mindset of accepting music of all kinds. Remember that it is a language and it is telling you something. Music is mathematical and lyrical creativity and you need to let it all in.

Understand that appreciation for and liking are two different things. Listen to it all,  all kinds, even if it is not your style or taste. You can even hate it but, just listen to it. Accept it. Listen some classical, some Beethoven and Glenn Miller. Folk music? How about some country western. Some Johnny Cash?  There are so many. Don't restrict yourself to just one genre!

“Music, once admitted to the soul,
becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”
― Edward Bulwer-Lytton

So lets find you some new music. Go right to YouTube and you'll discover all kinds music like this:
It is hard for someone like myself to accept that I will never be a Billy Joel or James Taylor, but I do.

What to do? The next best thing: Appreciate the talent and I love it all.

Appreciation is the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. It is a good thing and it is a talent and virtue unto itself.

Rock on people!




[Hallelujah. What does it mean? It literally means "Praise Jehovah" in ancient Hebrew. As an old testament phrase, this was a poetic form of singing praise to God. It is the author's favorite Biblical word. To him it means: ''Thank you for everything Father.'']