Dinner with music affair for family

By Harvey Brady: Guest columnist

This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools.

Music has always been an important part of my life.

My mom played the accordion a little bit, but no one else could play an instrument or sing (other than along with records or the radio).

My parents often played records or the radio in the evenings after dinner and we all gathered around to listen. We played everything from classical music to big band to country-western and loved it all. As I got older, I found I also enjoyed rock ‘n’ roll and pop music. I still listen to all of these today.

In the last few years, I have also developed a stronger love of choral music. My wife is the accompanist for the Clovis High School choirs and by attending concerts and festival performances I have found my interest in this type of music to be just as strong as the others. I have even had the privilege of being in the room during some of the choir rehearsals and gotten to experience some of the moments of musical understanding and cooperation that occur between director and choir. That is almost as good as being in the choir.

Many times the rehearsals are more meaningful to me than the performances because the rehearsals are often where the music is created. I wish everyone could have the chance.

It would be impossible to put into words exactly what music means in my life.

Music is a form of communication that affects our moods and emotions almost ever minute of our days.

My thanks to my parents and family for helping develop and encourage my love of music.

My special thanks to the CHS choirs for sharing themselves and their music with me — I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Harvey Brady is a maintenance worker for Clovis Municipal Schools.