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The Healing Power of Music

I miss my mom, I miss my dad
I miss the road, I miss my band
Givin' hugs and shakin' hands
It's a mystery, I suppose
Just how long this thing goes
But there'll be crowds and there'll be shows
And there will be a light after dark
Someday when we aren't six feet apart

Luke Combs

Has any song described the prevalent feeling in the world right now better than this one?

Linda and I have weathered the pandemic really well. Most important is that we’ve been healthy, but there’s much that we miss. Going to concerts is near the top of the list. Tickets to see the Rolling Stones and the Zac Brown Band have been refunded. Hopes of seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (for the 8th time), Ashley McBride and Luke Combs, and the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks in Colorado will have to wait.

There are few things I enjoy more than seeing my favorite bands live.

Music touches my soul

There’s something about being next to the love of my life in the presence of thousands of people soaking in the sounds and vibe of my favorite songs. The best way i can describe it is being bathed in a feeling of joy.

Let the tears flow

Maybe it’s the cancer, maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s both, but all it takes is the right verse; words that touch my heart, to get the tears flowing. Like this song performed by Kenny Cheney and Dave Matthews:

So damn easy to say that life's so hard
Everybody's got their share of battle scars
As for me, I'd like to thank my lucky stars
That I'm alive and well
It'd be easy to add up all the pain
And all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
Dwell on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain
But not me, I'm alive.

Yep; gets me every time. When  I listen to music there’s no cancer, no worries. All of my cares and concerns melt away.

Dancing in the kitchen, on the patio, anywhere

We’re that couple. We love to dance. The kitchen, the patio outside, it doesn’t matter. I thank my lucky stars every day that I’m in a love-filled marriage with a woman that loves to dance. It’s one way we find joy in the midst of all this craziness. One song that we love to dance to, one that brings the tears to both of us, is by our favorite duo, The Brothers Osborne

I'd promise you forever if I could
If I could slow down the hands of time I would
I know they say all good things must end
If I could do it all over I would do it all over
Over and over again
We'll go on 'til were pushin' up daisies
We'll grow old and wild and I'll still be callin' you baby
We'll never get enough, we'll be livin' it up right down to the day we die
Naw, we ain't gettin' out of this love alive

We all need to help each other; especially now

Most of us are doing all we can to stay safe. As a result many of us are more alone than ever. Think about the relative or friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Do you know how they’re doing? Give them a call, connect via FaceTime or Zoom. More than ever we all need someone to lean on.

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

– Bill Withers

Be well. Stay safe.



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