I have been involved in music in some form or other since I was 8 years old. I took piano lessons for 5 years, then started playing the flute in band in 7th grade. I was playing flute at church as well by 9th grade. In college I took piano again and was in the choir. I also took a few voice lessons from my great aunt.
I wasn't involved in music for a couple years after I married and really missed it. When we joined a new church in 1993, I started playing my flute again and sang in the choir. I was very involved in the music department there for nearly 16 years.
And then there was that brief attempt at the violin last year - that didn't last long.
But we left that church last year and I haven't sung or played in public in a year - until last week.
I joined a community concert band and I joined the choir at our new church.
Going to the first band rehearsal was a little intimidating. I hadn't read band music in 21 years! (But I have helped my boys with theirs.) Some of it I can't quite play yet, but I figure as long as I don't play in the rests no one will know! It was fun to play in a band again.
Then I sang with the choir for the first time this weekend. It's just a worship choir that sings with the regular praise and worship team. And it's only once a month, which is a good thing because we have to sing for 5 services in one weekend. But I loved it!
I have really missed using my musical gifts. It feels good to be making music again.