There’s been a lot of hype lately surrounding the new Taylor Swift album, her change from country to pop style music, and upcoming concert tour. Having a nine-year-old daughter means I’m quite familiar with all of this news, and that I often have her melodies stuck in my head after listening to them incessantly.
The good news is, I’m not necessarily listening to those songs played on repeat from an iPod or (gasp!) a CD player. I actually get to hear them played live, on an acoustic guitar, by my little girl!
My daughter has been taking guitar lessons for about a year and a half now. I’ve played since high school, and she wanted to learn so we could play together. She started off playing simple tunes of course, and then I began teaching her a few of the songs I know. She found real inspiration in her now-idol, Taylor Swift. Now my daughter teaches ME how to play HER favorite songs.
We’ve had a lot of fun playing music together. It’s definitely been a great activity for us to share. My son hopes to “join the band” one day as the drummer (what little boy doesn’t want to play the drums?), but I suspect as my daughter skills continue to surpass mine, I’ll be relegated to spectator, or if I’m lucky, band manager. She already tells me I can get half price tickets to her shows, to which I answer, she can pay me back for half of cost of her guitar lessons … ha ha.
My little enthusiast is not content just playing Miss Swift’s music. She never is happy with doing things “the easy way” (she IS just like her mother!). She now writes her own music, complete with lyrics that (in my humble opinion) rival some of the best out there. She aspires to see her name on the Billboard charts someday, and if she keeps at it, she just might!
So, watch out, Taylor Swift – you’ve got some nine- year-old competition coming your way!
Stacy Lamb of Apex is the divorced mom of two. She is an active member and former organizer of Single Parents of the Triangle. Find her here monthly on Wednesday.