2010年 5月 4日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间17:29

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第29周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 5th May 2010 - Music

I was really lucky to have studied music from a young age. Before I was ten years old, my parents took me to music lessons every week. Like so many kids taking up music for the first time, I started off playing the recorder. Then I went on to play the saxophone a couple of years later.

I had an amazing music teacher, a real character. He must have been at least 70 years old when I started visiting him. Every moment of his experience went into his lessons. His name was Jimmy Craul and, although he may not have been the most technically astute teacher or musician, his undying enthusiasm taught me about the really important elements of music: how to really appreciate a piece of music and how to express your emotions musically.

Emmet playing the guitar

Emmet loves playing the guitar

The reason why I've been thinking about this for the last ten days or so is because when I came back to London from Ireland, I brought my saxophone with me. Now and again, when I get really annoyed with my studies, it's nice to go down to the music room and play a few songs.

Emmet's guitar

Emmet's guitar

To be honest, I'm very rusty now. Like speaking a foreign language, it's the kind of skill that you have to keep practising. A couple of years after I started playing the sax, I picked up the guitar and I still love playing it now. It's great to be able to play the kind of music I enjoy listening to. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Jimi Hendrix are constant favourites of mine.

I thought long and hard about studying music at university when I was 18. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that studying music full-time and then trying to make a living from music might drain all the joy from it. I would hate to have to worry about where my next gig, job or pay cheque was coming from.

Some of my best friends are musicians and they have clearly got much more guts than I have. I admire them hugely for it. For now, I'm organising an end-of-year concert in student halls after the exams. With a bit of luck, that will be the first time I'll have played the sax in public in seven or eight years. I can't wait.

recorder 舌簧八孔直笛子, taking up 选学, saxophone/ sax 萨克斯管, character 人物, undying enthusiasm 持久的热情, astute 聪明的, elements 成分/元素, rusty 手生(疏)了, constant favourites 始终最喜爱的(音乐家), drain 流失, gig 表演 , pay cheque 薪水支票, guts 勇气

Emmet says that when he began learning music he started off with the recorder. If you say you started off doing something, it means that

Question of the week

Do you play a musical instrument? I'd particularly like to hear from you if you play a traditional Chinese instrument. Tell me all about the instrument you play and what you like about it.

Email Emmet at 按键 chinaelt@bbc.co.uk


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