Turns out I can play yet another instrument - Troy’s harmonica. Troy always asks me to play his instruments, so one day I gave it a try and was shocked to discover how much harmonica has to offer.
You know how in fairy tales you always read about instruments that magically play on their own? Whoever came up with that idea was obviously having a ball with his kid’s harmonica (lol).
Harmonica is a very giving instrument in the sense that it gives you much more than it takes from you. All it takes is the rhythm, the tempo and the right air flow, and in return it gives you incredible music.
Once you get the hang of controlling that air flow, music making becomes a real journey. And the more you explore, the more you get to discover.
And you have not heard anything yet - turns out I can compose music!
On yet another day, while improvising for Troy, I suddenly came up with this simple and happy song, much resembling a catchy Irish jig. It made Troy incredibly inspired. He could not get enough of it. Having picked up on the tune right away, he tried to play the accompaniment on other instruments, including his other harmonica. And just like that, we became a harmonica duo.
Finally, another observation.
No wonder none of the famous composers started with writing music - they all began their careers as musicians for the simple reason that music does not pop up out of nowhere. In order to compose, one has to start playing. Once you hear those sounds, ideas will start coming to you, and believe me, the feeling of creating music is unbelievable. I know that now.