Music and a Family Bond
If anyone were to ask me what one of the quickest ways to bring people together is, I would say music. Maybe this is a byproduct of my YEARS of piano lessons, maybe it’s because some of my most important memories seem to have a built-in soundtrack. Music has always been a big part of my life: the last coherent thing my dad asked me before he passed was to play the piano at his funeral, both my siblings were also enrolled in piano lessons from a young age, and I come from a long line of longsuffering and long-serving church organists, choir accompanists, and choristers. In my life, music is and has been a great force for reconciling, healing, enduring, and building.
We have had many musical performers grace the RootsTech stage over the years. Natalia Lafourcade joined the lineup in 2018 when she performed her song “Remember Me” from the Disney movie Coco. Just this last year Jake Shimabukuro, a ukulele virtuoso, performed on our stage. In 2018 Evie Clair, America's Got Talent finalist, Alex Melecio, finalist from Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento, and Kenya Clark of the One Voice Children's Choir serenaded the crowd. And in 2015, Donny Osmond joined us on the stage. We are excited to see him again this year at RootsTech London!
We have hosted multiple performing groups from Brigham Young University, including their world-renowned ballroom dance troupe; popular a capella groups Vocal Point and Noteworthy; and the phenomenal BYU jazz band ensemble, Synthesis.
Music is a fun thing to share with your family. You can use music to tell your family how much they mean to you, how you are feeling, your dreams…you can also use music to share your story and the story of those who came before. Brené Brown, in her book Braving the Wilderness, says of music:
Music, like all art, gives pain and our most wrenching emotions voice, language, and form, so it can be recognized and shared… The transformative power of art is in the sharing… it’s the sharing of art that whispers “you are not alone.”
So why stop at listening to others’ music about families? Why not make your own?