One of my character in One Light Year (OLY) Road Trip has musical ability. Lordy, this author just don’t have that kind of musical ability. My character made me stretch, go and reach out. I met a street player while I was taking a trip to the grocery store. The man was playing his instrument, right outside the entrance. After he stopped playing, I asked him a few of questions about his music. He said that he was born into a musical family. He always played music in good times and bad times.
We were talking about his instrument, which looked like flute but it wasn’t a flute. It was called a recorder. He played beautifully. People stopped to admire his music and to tip him.
It was cool to know that the flute goes back thousands of years. While I was doing research I learned that there are different types of flutes.
Native American Flutes
East Indian Flutes
Andian Pan Flutes
German Flutes also known as Western Cocnert Flute
No matter the origin, I think they all sound beautiful.
My close friend is also a musician, a guiatarist and tabla player.
He was giving me some lessons on how to strum the guitar. There is so much to know, how to hold the guitar, where to put your feet when you are playing, frets on the guitar, tuning the guitar, pitch, notes. Those are just basics.
Like many instruments, the instument can be further broken down to even more specific categories.
There is the Spanish Guitar
There is the elecric Guitar.
There is the steel guitar.
Learning music is like learning another language. You have to have good ear. The good thing is you can train your ear.
What to do in Houston if you had couple of days to spend?
A scene I am writing from One Light Year (OLY) Road Trip Novel takes place in Houston, Texas. Let me give you some no nonsense, don’t waste my time recommendations.
You would need 45 minutes to an hour going from one end of Houston to the other end. Depending on where you are staying, you might have to factor in two hours of going there and getting back, considering traffic is light.
If space interests you, then the Johnson Space Center is a good stop for both the young and old. You would need at least good half day.
If you are a science and a nature junkie, try the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Find a good Tex-Mex restaurant. Enjoy the warm chips and salsa. Enjoy fajitas, enchilladas, burritos. Cheers if you are having Dos Equis. If you are not into that, try some good gulf shrimp, or some good Creole cuisine.
For history buffs, visit San Jacinto Battle Ground.
The train ride in Herman Park is a nice escape. Good for kids, and adults too. Come on, adults like it too, if not for anything at least for the cool breeze.
If you really, really enjoying shopping, the Galleria is a nice place to stop to shop, to eat, to get a hair cut, and to even ice skate.
Enjoy your stay.
Road trips can be fun. Some people take road trips on the whim, the sponateous kind. Some must plan every details. Some are in between. Which ever kind you are, bring water because you never know where you may end up sometimes. Speaking of which, my next book involves a road trip. I will start posting updates about the novel, OLY, Road Trip Novel