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My husband is a drummer – and a very good one too. He’s never had a lesson – it’s just a natural ability. He feels the music inside of him and can express it. But as good of a drummer as he is – our 19-year-old son Shawn, is even better. Same thing – no lessons – just a natural talent. He’s been playing for several years now – and is one of the drummers at his church and has had numerous opportunities to shine as he has been asked to play for retreats, seminars and other out-of-town gigs. He’s even done some writing and recording with vocals, drums and guitar, another instrument he just picked up.
His talent amazes us. There really doesn’t seem to be anything that boy can’t do. Except maybe clean his room – but I know that’s normal. *Sigh* Why can’t he be both talented and have a clean room? I guess in the big scheme of things – it doesn’t really matter – and we have chosen not to die on that hill. Always somewhat of a ‘golden boy’ with the ‘X factor’ – he’s even a great athlete and played both baseball and basketball growing up, excelling in both. But my car looks and smells like a guy’s locker room. Oh well. Another hill we have chosen NOT to die on.
This last week he’s been in training to work as a drum technician at a local Guitar Center. It’s a perfect fit for someone like him as he will be able to demonstrate his ‘know-how’ to any potential customers. That job along with trying to finish up his AA degree at a local college should keep him really busy. And with no time to clean his room – or MY car. *Sigh* We are wondering if being so busy will actually force him to get the much-needed sleep his young body will need – and he will stop his prowling around at night – when we are trying to sleep. *Sigh* WE need sleep – even if he doesn’t think HE does!
I’m always in ‘awe’ of people who can just pick-up an instrument and play it. No lessons – no real practice or effort – at least it seems that way to me. My piano ability came as a result of years of practicing and becoming better – my vocal ability was much more instinctive and natural – but even so – I took many lessons myself and had to work at it, study it – and have paid by ‘dues’ performing in both a junior and senior recital in college to finish up my music degree.
There are those people who just ‘have the music in them’ and can pick something up – like our son and just begin to play it. I have much respect for those that have the ability to play the piano without a lesson because they can hear it – and feel it. They didn’t study the theory involved – or don’t seem worried about key signatures – they just play it – in ANY key! My ability came with years of study. And I still stumble if I have to play in a difficult key – or play without aid of any written music. It’s simply NOT FAIR!
Maybe you are one of those gifted people who can do this. Or maybe you too have ‘the music in you’ and it’s dying to get out – but there are those so much better at it – that you do not try to learn – or it’s frustrating to you because it does not come easily like those I’ve described above. Maybe you are like me – who has to work at it – study it and practice A LOT!
I believe that we all can have a song in our heart – even make a joyful noise because we were created to do so. God has equipped each person with different abilities and talents – and I try not to beat myself up because I’m not like another person who can do something I can’t. I try to remember what God has given me – and be thankful. I try to use that talent to bless others – and not worry about what He didn’t give me – because maybe what He didn’t give me – He has given to someone else – like my son.
Below is a song from the opening season two of ‘The Sing-Off‘ – what talent these people have! Enjoy and remember to keep a song in your heart.