Passionate Colors Newsletter ~  #17 ~ Music Retreat - Recovery Songs

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ~ Albert Einstein

Hometown Tales: Recollections of Kindness, Peace & Joy

After all these years, one of my most vivid memories of Paris is listening to a beautiful, black street performer sing Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain in the cavernous underground Metro.

Her strong voice soared like an angel. The notes of her passionate guitar surged through my heart. Holy vibrations echoed and caught my spirit. I can still close my eyes and remember.

Music does that. Many times music will trigger a memory, or come close to expressing feelings buried deep in the heart. Whether it’s rap or Rock and Roll, bluegrass, jazz, Hawaiian, or classical, music is magic.

“Music helps you find the truths you must bring into the rest of your life.” ~ Alanis Morissette

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Bethold Auerbach

The power of music is boundless and personal. Listening to a song can be cathartic. Humming a melody is fun. Music liberates. I love watching children who sing without inhibitions. They seem to know best the secret power of the melody and words.

“I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel

“Music has helped save my life.” ~ Eric Clapton

Over and over again, music has defined my life.

I remember the priceless reward of a Bruce Springsteen concert after six rounds of chemotherapy. Or the time I felt so homesick that the harmonious Beamer Brothers singing Honolulu City Lights brought tears to my eyes.

In times of love, grief, pain, and ecstasy, music continues to ring true. Just last night after dinner, my friend Tom played Early Morning Rain on his guitar. Memories of Paris returned.

My Favorite BooksSo go ahead, turn it up.