Beautiful’s soul could not survive without music. She understands and connects with music in an esoteric, unique way. And I have this guy to thank for that:
When my older two kids were little, I listened to rock stations in the car. I was very careful about certain songs ("Cocaine") and a few select artists (particularly metal bands) so as not to overwhelm their immature sensibilities.
There was one song, however, that I really liked from Ozzy Osbourne’s solo period. "Mama I’m Coming Home" was popular when Beautiful was about 4. I liked it so much, I turned it up to hum along with every time it came on.
One day, while listening to my favorite song, I looked into the rearview mirror to say something to my innocent cherub when I noticed her soulfully singing along to the song on the radio. My angelic little sweetheart was pouring her heart into the lyrics of a song by the front man of Black Sabbath. Oh dear God--I felt like the worst mother on the planet!
From that moment in 1992 until sometime in 2006, I never listened to any other than classical music when my children were present.
The kids went on to take piano lessons (studying a mostly classical repertoire,) sang traditional hymns in the church choir, belonged to the local youth symphony, and studied music theory with their homeschool band. Darn if I didn’t make sure all the rock n’ roll from their formative years was brainwashed straight out of their skulls! Even the music Beautiful danced to during her first 10 years of ballet was almost exclusively of the structured, rigid, classical variety.
Thanks to that background, she has facility with the language of music. She understands why it works the way it does. She gets what a composer of any genre is trying to say with their particular arrangement of notes and dynamics. And all this she translates with profundity into her choreography--choreography that reduces grown men and women to tears. And we owe all that to The Prince of Darkness himself. Great.