Raleigh has produced many musicians, from boy wonders to hardcore metal bands. Here I compile a list of local musicians grouped by genre or instrument. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but note that rock is really what I’m into, and this blogpost is a work in progress.
How do you get around? Do you go by bus, car, or unicycle? In a busy urban environment sometimes it’s good to stand out and be different – out of that list of options I bet the unicycle stuck in your mind! Well I like to travel by bicycle. Getting around on a bike is just one way to stick out in Raleigh, and it’s a cheap, fast, and healthy mode of transport. If it gets people noticing me then it can’t be a bad thing.
One difficulty I have had is how to transport my guitar, song sheets, music stand, cables, pedals, amp, and a spare change of clothes on just two wheels pedaled by me.
With a soft guitar case on short trips I carry my guitar on my back using the case’s shoulder straps.
For longer trips, hard cases, and more equipment I need a bike trailer. We had a bike trailer in the UK that worked well for small errands, but it was too small for a guitar. Most trailers are designed for small children leaving scant space for your instrument. As well as looking out for special cargo trailers an important consideration will be the quality of the trailer. To transport heavy equipment like an amp a sturdy frame and axle are vital. I’m still searching for the best product for my purposes. Taking all my requirements into account I seem to be left with something functional, not at all stylish, and a lot like a golf caddy:
Music can be the basis for an enjoyable and educational family day out. Attending regular music groups and classes could also help your kids form long term hobbies and friendships. Recent research here and here reports that children who have music lessons tend to be innovative and successful in adulthood.