Have you ever played in a band? Tell us all about that experience of making music with friends. If you’ve never been in a band, imagine you’re forming a band with some good friends. What instrument do you play in the band and why? What sort of music will you play?
One: When I was studying at the University I played the drums in a band with my friends. I guess I ended playing the drums because I had a good sense of rhythm, although I preferred to sing. We had a lot of fun rehearsing and performing. Of course we had problems with our neighbours precisely because of my drums. People complained because of the noise. They didn’t appreciate our art skills. For a while we rehearsed in a local situated in a student’s dorm, but some students complained too. They said they couldn’t study with all that noise. But when there was a party they called us to play for free. We played pop, some rock and folk music, whatever our public would ask for. Nothing too complicated. We didn’t compose original songs. We were just a bunch of friends having fun entertaining other friends in their parties.
I didn’t like so much playing the drums, because I had to be so focused on the rhythm I never learned properly the lyrics. So I never fulfilled my dream to sing that funny songs we rehearsed.
Two: Well, I sang in a choir but very different kind of music. Renaissance. It was a small chamber choir of 16 voices. Our conductor was a baritone named Jose Luis Ochoa de Olza. He had a vast repertoire of Italian English and Spanish composers. He also had a wonderful collection of antique musical instruments. We enjoyed making music together and learning from his vast knowledge. We performed in dozens of concerts and in liturgical ceremonies, and we traveled. It was really great.
I left the choir when I began to work as a full time reporter. There were no schedules in my new job. No way to predict if I would be available for a rehearsal or for a concert. So my days as a singer finished soon.
Three: Later on I had again the opportunity to make music with my friends. I went to the US to work for two years. I made some friends in San Francisco who were crazy for musicals and knew how to sing them beautifully. I played the piano for them and they sang and danced. We had a wonderful time.
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