We are a music loving family. Derek and I both love music (our tastes differ in this, as in so many things, but it never seems to matter) and so do the boys. When they were babies, and toddlers, I had no idea of the particular joy I would experience when their adult personalities and tastes started to develop, and they would share their musical discoveries with me. Neither did I anticipate that peculiar sensation of nostalgia ( combined with a wry inward smile) when they 'discover' a song that instantly transports me back to my own youth. One of my favourite phrases is 'Mum, listen to this'. So many of my own musical memories are now overlaid with the happiness of seeing my boys enjoy the same music.
Jacob's tastes range from Frank Sinatra, to Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen. One of his highlights of last year was seeing The Who live. He even manages to study with earphones in, absorbing music along with his revision notes. One of his favourite bands is Walk Off The Earth. Significant for him as they were the first (and thus far the only) band he has seen with a friend, rather than a parent, when they played recently in Glasgow. (That was a long evening, even though we drove them there, and home). I have to agree with Jacob though, they are an amazing band; inventive, theatrical, musical.
Here they are singing their mesmerising version of Adele's 'Hello' (I always prefer Adele's songs performed by other people).
Isaac, who's guitar lesson a Saturday morning is the highlight of his week, sucks music up like a dry sponge, constantly finding new artists that he loves, and learning how to play their songs on the guitar. He favours singer songwriters; idolises Passenger (he looks daily for UK tour tickets), and loves Imagine Dragons, who he saw live last year in Newcastle. He's also partial to an '80's power ballad when the mood takes him.