Music and Time

This week we’re discussing talents/superpowers that we wish we had. As I consider these to be two very different things I am going to talk about both.


Talent. Everyone has a talent. My daughter often says that hers is tripping over nothing. I wish I had the talent to play an instrument like my dad. When I was a little girl there was nothing better than sitting at my dad’s feet while he played the guitar or fiddle after a long day. It was the most relaxing thing in the world to me. I remember nights when I would dance my way off to bed while he played and sang from down the hall. As I grew and spent more time with my friends I still didn’t stop running to listen to him play. Directly after school I would go to my best friend’s house, at least three nights a week I would eat dinner there. She and her boyfriend would both walk home with me since I often went home after dark. On warmer nights when the windows were open music would drift about a half a block down from the house. Just faint enough to hear the strum of a guitar. I would give Wendy a hug goodbye and run the rest of the way home just so I could listen to dad sing. He played the guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandoline, every instrument he picked up he could play. He stopped playing sometime after I graduated high school. I’m so thankful that I listened every chance I had. But seeing those beautiful instruments gather dust make me wish I had the talent to bring them to life once again. My dad never had a single lesson. He played by ear, that is something that I just didn’t have the talent to do but always wish I could.


As for superpower. I think having the power to travel through time and space would be an incredibly useful power to have. Just imagine all the research I could do!! Writing a book set in 15th century Scotland? Not a problem, I’ll just jump on over and be home in time to make dinner for the kids. If I had the talent to learn an instrument by ear like my dad just imagine what I could pick up while I was traveling to all these different places and times.  I’m sure there would be some huge downfalls to all that time jumping though. Like getting stuck in the past and having someone mistake you for a witch during the witch trials. That would be awful and incredibly dangerous. Especially if that superpower needed a certain amount of time to recharge. Hmm this might be a good idea for a story! I think I’ll start working on this right away!!



If you could have any natural talent what would it be? What about a superpower?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to Music and Time

  1. I had not reviewed the topic yet;I knew superpowers were involved, but not talent. I am running behind, so I better get my thinking cap on!

    I never had the chance to learn an instrument.I have no idea whether I’d be any good or not.I had my boys in piano lessons and they were surprisingly good.I can’t imagine how great they may have been if they actually put in the practice they should have. One went on to the guitar and seems to have ‘winged it’ really well.Let’s just say that he was good enough that he was asked several times to step in when friends with bands needed a stand-in.
    My grandson , like his father. always needed to practice more, but he has been playing the violin in his schools for 7 or 8 years. The granddaughters went from the violin and viola to the clarinet and flute.I am always surprised when I hear real music from them all!

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  2. Joselyn says:

    I can’t play any instruments either. I think it would have been easier to figure out when I was younger, but now music is magical. With each hand doing something different and harmonious sounds coming from them just seems impossible.

    We are debating piano instruction for the kids right now. I worry that it will be a lot of banging and pounding rather than actual practice and playing.

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    • My daughter had violin lessons but she grew bored with it when her instructor wouldn’t allow them to do anything but pluck the strings. She wasn’t even allowed to pick up the bow. So she stopped going. She wants to learn piano now, she’s 17. We’re keeping an eye out for a good deal on a piano. My youngest wants to learn guitar, banjo, fiddle, and bagpipes. I told him to pick one to start with so he is going with guitar. My middle child has the talent but lacks the desire. He had a music teacher call me and tell me how naturally talented he was, he could pick up an instrument and play it rather quickly but he didn’t want to learn any beyond what was needed for school.

      I’m sure there would be a lot of pounding to begin with but the end result might be something very beautiful.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    My brothers and I were encouraged to play instruments, and my youngest brother and I still do. All six of our children played instruments in school, and several of my grandkids played in band or orchestra. But I always wished I could play piano. I can play one hand at a time, but can’t play them together!
    Time travel would be interesting and would certainly make research more authentic. But I’d be afraid of not being able to get back in one piece!

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