If you grew up with a parent who was a musician, you know that it’s not always easy to be the children of legendary musicians.
From late-night rehearsals to missed birthdays and family events, there are some things that only children of famous musicians will understand. Here are just a few of them.
What Are Some Musicians With Famous Relatives?
It’s not uncommon for successful musicians to have famous relatives. For example:
- Lady Gaga is the cousin of actress Natalie Portman
- Justin Bieber is the cousin of R&B singer Jazzy.
- country singers Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are first cousins.
- Rockers Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley are also cousins.
With such strong musical bloodlines, it’s no wonder that these artists have achieved such great success in the music industry.
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Children of Legendary Musicians, Listen Up!
Musical families have a lot of funny quirks in common! Do any of these things sound familiar?
1. Family sing-alongs never stop!
Whether you’re getting together for the holidays or just relaxing after dinner, you can bet your bongos that your family will break into song. Singing harmonies feels as natural as breathing, and certain songs will always make you think of home.
2. In fact, sometimes family sing-alongs can get pretty intense.
Don’t miss your cue! Sometimes your musically talented family might get a little competitive or give you more criticism than you’re prepared for. Just remember, if you have your sights on a singing career or other musical aspirations, your musical family will help you prepare for receiving feedback later in life.
3. You had a house full of instruments.
There might even have been more instruments than people. Growing up in a house full of instruments sparked your passion for music, and helped you learn how to tune out a lot of noise along the way.
4. So naturally, you started learning how to play music before you could read.
Is anything more exciting to a kid than a toy that makes noise? Nope! So it’s no surprise that you were fascinated by musical instruments and couldn’t wait to get your hands on one of your own.
5. You got the good parts in your school plays and talent shows.
You got your singing career started right with the solo in your school’s musical, or you got to play the best parts in band. Your years of practicing music at a young age paid off!
6. You thought it was weird when you found out your friends’ families didn’t communicate mainly in song.
If you said something at home that was the start of a song, your parents would definitely sing the rest. When you found out non-musicians didn’t always act the same way, you couldn’t believe it.
7. You had a house rule against clapping on the 1 and 3.
Unless you’re polka fans, you just know this is wrong.
8. The junk drawer in your kitchen probably has rosin, some extra strings, a tuning key, or other pieces of musical paraphernalia.
Other people have a tool drawer. In a way, that’s what this odd assortment of music gear is. It’s also not unusual to find random music stuff in your parents’ car, on the kitchen table, or tucked in to a bookshelf.
9. Your family has taken you to sporting events just to see the band at halftime.
What game? We’re here for the band.
10. You put on mini-concerts for your parents.
Your parents were your first audience, and they’re still your biggest fans. As soon as you could play “Twinkle Twinkle”, you were putting on a show!
11. You’ve always joked about forming a family band.
When you get so many talented musicians together, it’s only natural that you’d want to start a band.
12. Music lessons were absolutely mandatory!
Your family nurtured your musical leanings, and they knew that music lessons are the best way to encourage a young musician. You know the elements of music and music theory as effortlessly as the alphabet.
13. Your parents always encouraged you to follow your dreams.
Your family understands how much music means to you, and they support you in everything you do. Lucky you!!
Can Musicians Have Kids?
Musicians are often thought of as free-spirited artists who live life on their own terms. While this may be true for some, many musicians also choose to settle down and start families. In fact, having children can be a great source of inspiration for musicians.
Seeing the world through a child’s eyes can help to open up new creative possibilities, and the unconditional love of a family can provide a much-needed anchor in a fast-paced and often unpredictable industry.
Of course, raising a family is not always easy, and it requires a great deal of planning and organization. However, for many musicians, the rewards far outweigh the challenges. After all, what could be more rewarding than using one’s talents to create something that will be loved and enjoyed by future generations?
If you grew up with a parent who was a musician, chances are you can relate to at least some of the things on this list! From chaotic lifestyles to missed family events, there are some things that only children of musicians will understand. Whether you’re a musician, a music teacher, or none of the above, you likely appreciate this lifestyle and wouldn’t have it any other way.
At the end of the day, most of us wouldn’t trade our upbringing for anything in the world because music is in our blood, too!