Do you remember the first time ever you heard music in your life? And what was it like?
Very few would be able to say yes to that.
I don’t quite remember it, either.
All I can recollect is that somehow I was able to engage in it without loving it at all.
I, as we all would, lived in passive circumstances where I took orders from parents all the time including music.
Aged 4, I was barely having a 1/16 fiddle under my chin (it’s funny to me that it came before learning to ride a bicycle). But it was much much later that I made a decision to be commited to it.
During my earliest infancy, as I recollect, I grew up hearing or seeing Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Massenet’s Meditation de Thaïs, Tschaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Prokofiev’s Peter & The Wolf (one of these must have been my first musical exposure), and I had some interest.
*(As you know, back in the ’90s we were still using nothing more than old stereo system and illustrated books)
Then came Dvořák’s The New World Symphony and Humoresque, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5, J.Strauss’ The Blue Danube, and possibly Bach’s Double Concerto.
As for Swan Lake and Peter & The Wolf, neither the song nor the tale would have been so appealing to me on its own, but I was grasping the situation of the tale from the minute I started to pay more and more attention to the music. And because of the nature of music, if something is melodic and rhythmic that’s enough for your brain to repeat it time and again, which is all unconscious.
My Most Primary Habit
This was the most primary setting in which I learned to receive music and later formed and established the foundation for my musical achievement, and so I’ve always been aware of where music stands in relation to the world and its powerful roles.
It was, however, hard enough for me to get to love music. Musical education requires strong cognition and concentration – that is, the effort to “listen” rather than to expect music to deliver all by itself. As I started to get the taste of success, I then realized I actually liked it and enjoyed it. And also I was getting awarded more prizes than I can list up. In the begining, all I needed was, as for everyone, a little bit of interest to get the engine going. I was passive in everything because I had no control over the environment provided by the family or neighbors. Nothing really happened from there, it was tough and somewhat tedious mostly. But that all changed when I began to hold myself accountable for the concentration it demanded and to actively pay attention to the content of music as I treaded that thorny path full of challenges.
And now my mission is to give the world many a significant thought, impact and possibility of life, for which musical education becomes the utmost vitality. That is what I want to and must do, and to lead everyone from the front I’m never going to stop learning, growing, developing and perfecting myself each day.
I don’t know how long it will take.
Maybe 10 years, or maybe 30 years.
But I think that’s neither here nor there.
We do our best, or we don’t.