6 Ways to Add a Little Music to Your Life
Need to recharge?
Let a new musical experience breathe new life into your everyday routine!
Music is a great unifier. When the world feels off-balance, a great song reminds us that we are all part of the same big picture. Make music one of your retirement hobbies, and you’ll spark joy in more ways than one!
I once met a mother and daughter on a road trip across the United States; at a little diner off the highway. They were coming back from Dollywood – a Dolly Parton-themed amusement park in Tennessee. As I listened to the two of them talk, it quickly became apparent that Dolly’s music had been a common thread throughout their lives- heartbreaks, triumphs, and losses spanning generations. When I asked more about their mutual love for her lyrics, the mom laughed out loud. “Dolly’s always been the only thing we agree on!” Good music brings us together, even when we are alone! It can spark a memory, help us move on, span generations, or bring us back to the dance floor of our senior prom with a single note.
6 ways to expand your musical expertise and passion
Looking for a new musical experience? This is an incredible time to learn a new musical skill, join an online workshop, experience a new genre of music, or explore a musical experience- all from the comfort of your home.
1. Learn a new instrument
It’s never too late to learn something new. It’s the perfect time to introduce an instrument as your new retirement hobby. Why? Because right now, we have access to more free educational tools online than ever before. Online experiences provide opportunities that were previously inaccessible or costly.
2. Take small steps to get started
It’s all about introducing new habits. Begin by learning one or two chords, and include music education in your daily schedule. Even if you plan to practice 15 minutes a day, in a month or two, you’ll start to see an improvement. We recommend starting with a song you love (ideally one that only has a few chord changes!) That way, you’ll get to enjoy jamming to your favourite song as a reward for your efforts.
3. Lean on the internet for resources
Jump onto YouTube and search “learn to play +your favourite song +the name of the instrument you’re learning”. Try different lessons and online workshops to find a teacher you like. To narrow down lessons, include words like beginner in your search query. A retirement hobby could quickly become a real skill.
4. Invest in proper education
Companies like Gibson have paired Amped Guitar Learning (an app) to make their lessons free for several months. You can learn from specialized tutorials and play along to songs by artists like The Eagles, Tom Petty, B.B. King and more! Companies like Fender are also offering free guitar lessons and online workshops. The best part? These lessons are specific- so whether you’re looking to learn a blues riff or just master the basics, it’s all waiting for you at the click of a button.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a conversation with Canadian musician Emily Haines. She talks about the beauty of aging as a musician – and why it’s never too late to dive in.
5. Attend a virtual concert
We know that an online concert is not the real thing. But once you acknowledge that a virtual concert is going to differ from an in-person show, you can experience it for what it is – an intimate, unique opportunity. More bands are playing live, virtual concerts than ever before. Legends like the Indigo Girls played a virtual show right from their living room to ours. You can interact with your favourite artists by asking questions during the show. It’s also an intimate opportunity to step into the home of an artist you’re curious about.
At Boomerang, we’ve got our own show series going on. What’s special about our concerts? They feature intimate shows by hand-picked musicians who play your requests. Got a song that you haven’t heard played live in years? Our mini-concerts give you a chance to request a song and hear it played, just for you. Here’s a beautiful sneak peek of our last concert by Ontario artist Steve Gleason.
6. Discover a new sound or reconnect with the classics
There are several streaming platforms to choose from right now. Finding your favourite songs is relatively simple. Sign up for a membership (mostly platforms range from 7.99-9.99 every month), search for your favourite album, and chances are you’ll be listening to it within five minutes. Spotify and Apple Music are the popular platforms, with extensive libraries and intuitive platforms to help you navigate your favourite sounds.
Platforms like Spotify also help you discover new music. If you regularly listen to music, the algorithm will catch on to common threads and begin to recommend music you’ll like. They even put together a personal playlist for you every week, which allows you to add the songs you enjoy to your library. It’s a great way to discover your new favourite song!
Music can spark joy in even the most mundane daily routines
Cleaning becomes a dance party. Cooking can be an immersive creative experience with the right playlist. Looking to show someone love? Learn to make your own playlist and send them the modern version of a mixtape that you can listen to together.
Share your new retirement hobby with the Boomerang community
Tag us in a photo with your instrument. We’d love to see what you’re up to! Follow Boomerang on Instagram to engage with the community, stay connected to new music ideas, find info about our online workshops, and more. You can also apply to become a Boomerang Host. We provide financial compensation, on-boarding help, and a chance to increase your online audience!
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