The WordPress prompt today asks, “What role does music play in your life?” http://dailypost.wordpress.com
Music is one of God’s most special gifts. I cannot imagine life without music. The music of the wind, of the water, and poetry. I still read the Psalms and other poetry aloud all the time, as I believe this helps with writing. There are days when I think I can’t write a poem or any prose, and I read, and then perhaps I look out the same windows–and lo and behold, what I see presents itself in the form of a note for my gratitude journal, a haiku, tanka, or simply my own free verse style.
And it’s fine if nothing wants to form into something I would post. All in due time. REST is essential to creativity I feel. I’ve known fallow fields for long times.
I grew up at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. So my earliest memories of music are the liturgy and the hymns. I also attended church, and served as a teacher, later on, in a day care center, schools, and a nursing home. Music everywhere.
Many contemporary artists spoke to my experiences when I was young: Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Amy Grant, and so many others. I was searching for comfort often, as well as the sheer beauty of art. I can see reading this list that I was drawn most to the artists who write their songs. Emmylou Harris is also a great interpreter of songs–also a very special gift. I try to stretch and listen to new composers as well–many genres of music.
I remember Stevie advising young artists to write their own songs, if they wished to still be in the music business at her age. And being healthy, taking care, pacing oneself.
In Heaven, I will be able to sing. And I can sing now too…the heart matters most.
The image is from TILE DESIGNS, courtesy of Dover Publications.