I can't really summarize what music means to me. My father was a fan of opera and had full recordings of Wagner's Ring on 78 records so I know I was exposed to classical music for an early age. I was "made" to take piano lessons from the age of 9 (and had to participate in the annual recitals) through high school (piano lessons did not fit into my college class schedule or budget --- studio rental at the university was pricey). And since the 1970s, my husband and I been a family of concert goers: symphony season tickets were the rule rather than the exception in San Francisco; we had similar tickets for the Oakland Symphony and tickets to the San Francisco Opera as well during that 16 year period we lived in the Bay area, which meant we often wee in a concert hall three nights out of every week in concert season! When we moved to Houston, music was less important in our entertainment schedule but we took it back up again in London ( especially the South Bank), Beijing (at the People's Hall, actually) and even in Saudi Arabia when possible! These days, while husband owns an extensive CD library of music of all genres, I don't really listen to music that much except when driving, and then it's classical on the local PBS radio station, but we do go to the occasional Toledo Symphony concert. I guess I would have to say music is a constant background in my life.
As for favorite songs --- wow, that's a hard one. I do have the occasional ear worm song that runs through my head. Some classical tunes (notably Nessun Dorm, as sung by Luciano Pavoratti - we saw him in "Turandot" in San Francisco!) and the occasional "popular" song (like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Carly Simon's "Let The River Run", Simon & Garfunkle's "The Sound of Silence" and even Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA!") can bring up goosebumps.
But how to portray these in picture form? I don't know...
So I bailed. I picked a song that I don't particularly like, often sung by an artist I don't particularly care for, that is considered by some to be an "Official Song" of a city I love: "I left My Heart in San Francisco" , music by George Cory and lyrics by Douglass Cross. "San Francisco", by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurman, with lyrics by Gus Kahn, has also been named "official" by the city, and I suppose that another song with the same title, "San Francisco" (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie might also qualify as an un-official song...
But I digress. My card isn't so much a tribute to the music as a tribute to the city:
- Stamps: Hero Arts "Music Background" (CG222) and Stampers Anonymous "Cityscapes" (CMS224)
- Inks: Altenew Crisp Dye Ink "Caramel Toffee" and Archival "Jet Black"
- Embellishments: Creative Imaginations del-adhesive "grafitti"
- Papers: Paper Studio Value Pack Notecards "ivory"