Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Remember When: Musical Memories

Over the weekend we went to the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix. It is amazing. I've heard so  many people say that but the word doesn't come close to describing the place itself.

You can get some idea of it here.
We didn't see the special event of
Women Who Rock. Even so, we
spent five hours pretty much
moving right along.

The highlight was the piano John Lennon used to write "Imagine." It was also the 33rd anniversary of his death so there was some emotion there. I pretty much grew up with the Beatles and still love their music, mostly the older stuff.

 Another tear was shed at the John Denver display. It contains the guitar given him by his grandmother on which he learned to play. We saw him in concert a couple of times; most notably a benefit concert which he played and sang by himself (no backup band) for over two hours. It was in a huge place but it felt so personal.

Galleries include The Artist Gallery (Lennon, Denver, Elvis, Roy Orbison and so many others), Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe, North America and the Mechanical Music Gallery.

Here's my husband in front of an automated band. The drums and other things move and play.
I had no idea bagpipes came from so many countries. "A World of Bagpipes."

I took around 170 photos so you, readers, will be seeing many more as the weeks go on.

For now think about musicians who have stood out in your life. 

Memoir Prompts:

Describe how you felt when a favorite musician was lost to the world and how you remember them?

Did you grow up amid specific cultural music? 

Describe any musical instruments that have been handed down in your family? Did you learn to play?

Describe a museum that really stands out in your mind.

Did you play an instrument in school? Do you still play?

What is one of your favorite songs? 

What instrument would you like to learn to play now?