We’re here for a good time not a long time. I’ve got a brand new pair of roller skates; you’ve got a brand new key. When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go downtown. These are all lyrics from some oldies but goodies that make me feel goodie when I listen to them. Music has the power to do that to me, most of the time. I know when tragedy strikes that there is nothing that fixes the pain at the moment but music is the closest remedy that could.
The night before Ryan’s funeral, some friends and family members gathered at my house and we sat outside on the dock with a fire burning in the fire pit and sang songs. My cousin had his guitar and even though it was a cool September night, he managed to pluck those strings and somehow we sang along. I was numb, in shock, frozen, but it helped me get through that night.
I think I devoted a chapter to music in The Cedar Canoe because of its great impact on me at that time and it continues to be a major contribution to my well being. I believe it has healing powers. Those who know me know that I am a devoted karaoke performer at our local Legion karaoke nights. And I think it has more to do with being with friends, out and having fun, than the actual singing part. Laughter is also a great healer. (That’s another future blog).
I also took up the guitar a couple of years ago, just playing around with it on my own, in the privacy of my living room. I think I’ve improved because the dog doesn’t leave the room when I pick up the guitar now. She does leave the room when I practice the Celtic whistle. Sorry Maggie but I just gotta play.
Music can be enjoyed in solitude or with thousands of people. It can be performed by you or you can listen to someone else perform. If you are hearing challenged, you can still feel music. That is the beauty of it. It was one of the greatest gifts from the Creator. It’s there for everyone to experience in some way. Listen to it, sing, play, dance and write.