Music for All Ages


While stopped at a red light yesterday, I looked in my rear-view mirror and noticed the elderly woman in the car behind me. She must have been in her eighties, and she was literally rockin’ out. I couldn’t help but watch this adorable woman sing to her heart’s content, and my lips immediately formed a smile. She began snapping her fingers, too, and her rhythm was flawless.

Then I wondered what she was listening to. Perhaps Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Tony Bennett, or maybe even some Elvis or The Beatles? My curiosity was piqued, even though I wouldn’t have the chance to find out. The light soon turned green, and we both were on our way. However, she stayed behind me for a few more blocks, so I continued to watch her sing and wholeheartedly enjoy her tunes. As we parted ways, I silently wished her a joyful day, but clearly, she already had that taken care of.

This simple experience warmed my heart, so I wanted to share. It goes to show that music is for all ages, whether you’re listening, playing an instrument, or singing.

Also, here’s a guitar update for my daughter and I…we’re taking lessons with Josh Zee, who has been playing for over thirty years. He’s recorded 2 major label records on the SONY/Work label as the singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Rock group “Protein”. Josh’s next original band, “the Mother Truckers”, has released 4 albums, toured all over the country and Europe.
Needless to say, it’s been exciting to meet and work with him. Currently, we’re learning “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban (for you country music lovers). We’re progressing, but it sure makes us appreciate those amazing guitar players who create the illusion that playing is absolutely easy. 🙂

And here are some model quotes for your enjoyment:

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
― Bob Marley

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” 
― Maya Angelou

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music. 
And death a note unsaid.” 
― Langston Hughes

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

music and guitar

Have an awesome Friday,
and let music
join you today!



32 thoughts on “Music for All Ages

    1. No banjo, John. Guitar is the instrument of interest, currently, and most challenging enough. 😊 Who knows what she was listening to, so many options, and I wished I could’ve heard through the closed windows. Oh well…😀

  1. I love the image of the woman rocking out in her car. I do that often, and forget that other drivers might see me. I’d like to say I’m singing (and pretending to string my fingers on a guitar) to some contemporary music, and sometimes I am. But the old rock classics get to me all the time.
    Best of luck with your guitar lessons – that’s fabulous! I’m great at the guitar – AIR GUITAR…. 🙂

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this image, Pam. I sing all the time to the radio or cds; it’s a part of driving that I won’t give up. 🙂 I also love how you’re proficient at air guitar. Keep up the good work! 😉 As we’re learning chords, some of them simply look impossible. It’s like we’re both saying, “I don’t think so.” All in time with practice, I hope. Have a great weekend!

    1. He is so nice and super cool, Betty! I just hope we can impress him by becoming coordinated sooner than later. 🙂 I’m glad to hear music is just as important to you, too. Do you sing or play an instrument? When I was in my late teens, I sang a lot (solos) and wanted to be a singer when I grew up. I took a different detour, which I don’t regret. However, music has always been a big part of me. I’ve sung in choirs over the years, but now, I’m trying to learn that instrument again. I’ll admit that it feels good, once I got over the initial, “am I too old to do this?” 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this musical post. ❤

  2. So glad you are enjoying your guitar lessons so much! (We’re never too old. 😃 ) I played the piano (my mom was a classical pianist and we had one of those big upright pianos in the living room. (She gave it to me in the 70’s when she developed arthritis. These days my older son has it.) Anyway….the singing too we have in common! I loved to sing (never solo though 😰 ). Was always in a group, chorus, choir, ensemble of some kind as a second soprano. Still LOVE to harmonize to the oldies. 😁 (Can’t harmonize to much of today’s “music”.) Really miss being in a group! You must have a beautiful voice if you sang solo. Never too old for that either. 😉 🎶

    1. I watched a video the other day of a 90-year-old woman playing the guitar and singing at her 90th birthday party. She was adorable and amazing, and it made me think, “I can do this!!” 🙂 How wonderful knowing your mom was a classical pianist, Wow! And it’s good that the piano is still in the family. I’m sure there are too many precious memories to let it go. So you used to sing, too? That’s awesome! I suppose my voice was good back then, but, I was always my worst critic (still am with other things now). In those younger h.s. years, I was in a jazz ensemble that traveled to Hawaii for a week of performing. What a fun experience that was. When I was 19, I toured the east coast with a different group and had the main solo and was encouraged to pursue a singing career. Another great experience, but those were way back then. So, I hold onto those memories. I haven’t sung in a long time, and like anything that doesn’t get exercised, my voice is out of shape. I would love to be able to play and sing a song on the guitar, though. Such a simple goal, which seems like a mountain right now. 🙂 (p.s. My laptop doesn’t have one musical note emoji, and it’s so frustrating!) ☺💕

  3. Eighties, driving and singing her heart out – Hmm.

    It’s now or never
    But watch out, don’t slam your brakes
    ‘Cos mine ain’t working 🙂

    Thank you for sharing , Lauren – it was heart warming to read.

    1. I was a little worried about the finger-snapping while she was driving. But, she kept her distance, so all was good. 🙂 Your haiku made me smile, Eric. Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you enjoyed this musical post. Enjoy your day!

  4. Lauren, that must’ve been so much fun performing in Hawaii! You must’ve had a beautiful voice. Mine was fine in a group but wouldn’t have made it solo. Now I can’t hit the high notes anymore, though have also heard voices can get back into shape with exercise. Good reason to keep on singing along to the radio! 😊 And to your guitar! Wish we could get together and jam. 😆🎶 Let me know how the lessons proceed. Would love to hear a recording of you eventually!

    1. Hawaii was fun, but it’s always been a favorite place of mine anyway. My voice has changed; it’s a little lower, so I’ll have to work with it and see what happens. Oh, it would be fun to get together and jam! 🙂 I’ll keep you posted, and if we ever get good enough, I’ll share a recording, too. I will say that our fingers have toughened up, and in the beginning, that was an uncertainty because of how much they hurt. So, that’s a positive. Our next lesson is tomorrow, so moving forward…❤

  5. Music is universal and ageless. They’ve proven that even a baby in the womb enjoys music and, though I’m not as old as the lady behind you, I can be seen rockin’ out wherever I am – the car, shopping, cooking, cleaning, anywhere there’s music.

    1. It sure is, and I’ve heard that about babies in the womb, too. I’m also glad to hear that you rock out. I do the same, so I’m sure many are entertained if they see me. 🙂 Have a musical Monday, my friend 🙂 💖

  6. Wonderful post, Lauren and I’m smiling at the lady having such a fun immersive musical time in her car. I’m picturing it! 😀

    Yeah, I’m so glad your guitar lessons are going well and wow, what a gifted and successful teacher – that must be inspiring. I’m partial to some country so will check out the Keith Urban song you’re learning. My son is a pianist and also loves music and he’s introducing me to what is popular at the moment…he’s got me hooked on setting out for long walks, earphones in and being carried away by the songs. Also, I’ve started piano lessons – yikes!! It’s been a dream to play all my life and now I am…well, sort of…but loving it!😀

    Your quotes are terrific, the first two resonate with me particularly and wow, Maya Angelou always reads like poetry!

    1. Thanks, Annika, I’m glad you enjoyed this. It’s funny but when I watched her (sounds creepy), I thought to myself, “this is going to be a blog post.” 🙂 If she only knew how much joy she’s spread. Regarding guitar, we have a lesson today, and again, we’re so excited. It’s not only been fun doing this with my daughter, but Josh has been great. And it is exciting to know about his musical past and experience. We have some cds and got his autograph, too. 🙂 I also think it’s great what your son is doing, and now you’re taking piano lessons? That’s awesome! (high five for us both)!!! Keep me posted with your progress, too. There are so many great music quotes, but these stood out for me, and of course, you can’t go wrong with Maya Angelou. Have a terrific Tuesday! 💓

  7. What a wonderful post, Lauren! I love music and can say that it even saved my life. I’m a huge fan of “Muse” and guess what? Even my mum instantly fell in love with their music when I introduced her to them, which is why I’m convinced that the elderly lady in the car behind yours was actually singing along with U2 or The Rolling Stones 😉
    And kudos to you for learning the guitar – it’s never too late!! How awesome to have such a teacher! And I really like the songs by Keith Urban so I’m looking forward to hear you play his song live one day. 😄
    I used to play the piano a bit but haven’t in a while now and miss it very much…
    The quotes are truly wonderful! xxx 😄💕🎶🎹🎸

    1. Thanks, Sarah, I’m so glad you enjoyed this! She had me smiling, and doing a blog post came right to my mind. 🙂 Just the fact of how much fun she was having, how much joy she felt by that song, whatever it was (could’ve been U2 or The Rolling Stones) 🙂 brought joy to me one car ahead of her.
      We had our guitar lesson today, and Josh is truly amazing. We’re still excited, even though some of what we’re learning already looks difficult. Onward though, and yes, check out that song of Keith Urban’s. It’s from 2004, but a good one; I’m sure you’ll love it if you like country. He’s one of my (our) favorites, and an awesome guitar player, as well. Maybe someday, I’ll post a video, but it’s further on down the road. 🙂
      I’d like to think that me learning the guitar may inspire you to sit down at the piano again. But, I’m sure you’re busy enough with your awesome drawing and painting. Glad you liked the quotes, too! Have a wonderful day tomorrow! 🎨❤❤

      1. I once tried to play the guitar, and still have the one I purchased for that purpose! But it looks only reproachfully at me 😉 Those chords are really difficult to grip sometimes!
        Would love to play the piano again, but first would have to have access to one! Maybe someday I will buy myself one of those great Yamaha electronic pianos – would definitely not take up as much space than the real thing although that´s definitely better of course 😉 But at least it wouldn’t have to be tuned! xxxxx ❤

      2. You’re too funny! Let me know if you enter into this musical adventure again. Honestly, I’m even more amazed now watching guitar players. It looks so easy, but it’s not. 🙂 Take care and have a good weekend, even though I know you’ll be caring for your mom, too. Hugs ❤❤

      3. That´s the beautiful irony – all those great guitarists make it look so easy, which make hopeless cases like me give it a try 😉 But I admit, I´m much better at playing air guitar 😉 Looks really very impressive with big loops and head shakes! 😀 LOL!
        Hope you had a lovely weekend and will have a beautiful week ahead! Big hugs! xoxoxo ❤

  8. Great that you’re continuing with the lessons, you two! 🙂 And I like putting Coldplay music up loud in my car and singing along ~ It’s an instant mood lifter! I wonder if that’s what that woman was listening to as well? HUGS!

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