Archive for August, 2007
This is my sister Katherine Eileen birthday! Happy Birthday where ever you are! She died 18 December 2003 after having suffered with cancer and other ills for decades. During those difficult years, she needed all her energy to try to hear. Consequently, she was not very available to her loved ones.
Even before being diagnosed with liver cancer and being told that she had at best 3 months, she had stopped talking or eating. Upon hearing the news, I called, not knowing what to say. In hearing her weak hello, I started to sing, “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.
However the lump in my throat snagged the words rendering me speechless. in the most clear, beautiful voice I had heard from her in decades, she picked up the song. Her spirit soared, she sounded FREE, as she finished the song!
At that moment all there was between us and around us was LOVE!
Thank you Stevie Wonder!!
At a conference in Amherst, Mass. I had the joy of waking to a flute just outside my window each morning. It just felt so good! Once again I had the pleasure of feeling those vibrations gently nudge me and welcome me to the new day! Then I wanted to learn the flute! My father also “wished to learn the flute”. He died with his music still in him! Let us encourage everyone to make their own music. Just pick up an instrument and play with it. The instrument and your deep listening will teach you a lot!
At the Music Educators National Conference in Orlando June 2007, Mr. Joe Lamond, NAMM, the International Music Products Association said, “At least 80% of the non-musicians wish they played an instrument or sang.”
Universal Music Day especially speaks to that 80% as well as, amateur and professional musicians.