It may be that quite a few of your favourite famous faces are known for their musical ability. But, let’s face it, so many of today’s artists don’t necessarily sing to their own tune, shall we say. In the times of swing, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, even punk and rock, stars so often gave instruments centre stage.
In today’s era of reality television, at a time when people seem to achieve all with little skill or substance, it’s good to take a look at some of our favourite stars who’ve made their way to the top, instruments in hand.
After all, while academic achievements are important factors for a child’s future, musical education can have even bigger benefits when it comes to all-important personal attributes.
Inspire your child with this list of three wildly successful celebs who credit their childhood musical training as a major factor in their path to fame.
They’re #BringingSaxyBack as we like to say.
Tina Fey: Flute
“I’m constantly amazed by Tina Fey. And I am Tina Fey.”
This is the kind of confidence you want to see gleaming from your tween cum teen. This awesome American comedian will be best known amongst your youngsters as the writer and Ms. Norbury of Mean Girls. As well as standing strong for women, emitting feminine vibes across the patriarchist Hollywood scene, Tina has some hidden skills up her sleeves. The star is sometimes seen doing comedic bits with her flute, which she learnt to play as a child.
Didn’t you know? ‘That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.’
Albert Einstein: Violin
The godfather of the sciences, Albert Einstein was much more than a brilliant physician known for E=MC squared.
In addition to his scholarly and peace-making pursuits, he was a passionate musician who loved playing his violin. So much so that he christened it Lina. Einstein was once quoted as saying:
“Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.”
Strong feelings about music from one of the world’s most important thinkers.
Steve Wozinak: Guitar
The name Steve Wozinak might not be plastered across the billboards, but young people will be positively impressed with his accomplishments.
Friend of the late Steve Jobs, Wozinak is Apple's co-founder, and brought all things Mac(intosh) into our lives. As the mastermind behind the beginnings of the third most valuable company in the world, he likens the mechanics of his success to the skills he learnt from playing guitar.
He claims music to be not only a large part of his life but that it “plays an integral role in creating the whole person, creative innovators that will shape the future.”
According to Wozinak, developing technologies is much the same as fitting together the building blocks of musical harmony.