I am convinced there is nothing more precious than giving the gift of music to a loved one …and I don’t mean CD’s or MP3’s either. This year Viola and I gave a classical guitar to our niece. I am also her padrino (godfather), so I have a special relationship since she is my sister’s daughter.
When I was thinking about what Viola and I should give her, my mother told me my niece was pulling out my old guitar – the one that started my musical journey. My sister and niece are living with my parents and my niece’s room used to be mine when I was a kid. My old guitar is one of the very few things that still remain with my family since I left for college.
The instrument was good enough to get me started, but it is rather unplayable now as a result of a warped neck. It wasn’t the best guitar, by any means. However, I just can’t get rid of it because of sentimental value. It was one of the few gifts given to me by my grandfather, and it now resides under my niece’s bed. It is this same instrument that she occasionally doodles with.
Needless to say, knowing my niece could use something better than what I left behind, I convinced my family to all pitch in and purchase a beginner classical guitar.
I can’t fully express the joy it gives me to pass what has meant so much to me to a niece I care so much for. The pride and satisfaction I felt when I taught her “Hot Cross Buns” and an easy version of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” is difficult to put in words. Seeing her face light up when she played her first notes was extraordinary.
Am I passing the musical torch? Have I created a stronger bond between her and me? Who knows, but Viola and I have given her a much needed emotional outlet, one that will serve her well as she becomes a tween. I know how much the gift of music saved me, and I hope it will provide the same place it gave me during my turbulent teenage years.
My hope is by sharing this story others will be encouraged to share the gift of music with their own families. It doesn’t have to be a classical guitar, it could be any instrument. Or, even voice lessons. The point is there is no gift like the gift of music, and if you have the opportunity, don’t let it pass by.