I am happy to share my thoughts with you, Jason, my fellow northern peep and Canuck — any time :) And thank you for the kind words about my writing. I’m so thankful for this supportive community.
That’s very funny about your flute experience. I never actually tried it but it’s quite possible that I would not have fared much better. Like every other little girl, I played the recorder but I don’t think that’s quite the same thing. I also tried harmonica for a spell to rather messy effect. I love that you play guitar. I’m a piano and strings person. I started with violin as a child, then ukulele (shaped like a flying-V, no less — still have it) and piano while still quite young. When More Than Words hit the airwaves in the early 90’s — and as a result of my massive crush on Nuno Bettencourt — I promptly bought an acoustic guitar (still have it) and started teaching myself that song and Portuguese, ha. I stuck with it for a while, finally giving up in frustration when I couldn’t master the flourish in Randy Rhoads’ Dee (I was big into Ozzy Osbourne) — that guy was a genius. Randy, not Ozzy (no offence to Ozzy).
I think what you say about music pushing out anxiety is true. That makes a lot of sense. You really do need to focus and that allows you to get lost in it. I wish I had space for my piano here — it’s presently in storage in my mum’s garage. When I move, it’s coming with me.
Stay toasty with L over there — we got hit with our first burst of snow yesterday here in Toronto — man, it’s cold :)