I don’t understand how music works its magic in the soul. But I know it does. Quiet songs, restful and full of comfort, soothe anxious, burdened emotions. Upbeat tunes energize and restore. Songs of comfort and hope, songs of love and praise, songs of thanksgiving: they all aim to restore balance to a world in need of love.
Numerous studies have shown the various benefits of music. Simply by singing a particular vowel one can affect the functioning of various organs or systems in the body. Amazing! I’m so glad that music is a big part of my life and has made it richer in so many ways. The hills, indeed, are alive with the sound of music.
Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon.
Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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Hi Darlene , Sorry I’m so slow in responding to your posts, but I can sure add a hearty amen to your thoughts on music. I can’t imagine my life without it, especially the music that praises God. Bach wrote and performed all of his music to the glory of God. I hope that all is going well with you, Bud, and your family. I’m down to one job these days- 20 piano students. I’ve retired from choir directing. I still never run out of things to do. I have one grandson, Liam, and my heart is so full of love for him. I’m so grateful. Judy, Terry, and I traveled up north with Ruth in August. We had the greatest time. It’s been over 40 years since I’ve been up there. We got to visit with Skip & Faye, Jean, Joan, Janet, Grace, and Elsa . We also got to visit your farm. The man who lived there took us through the house and into the remade barn. He actually had one steel milker (I don’ t what you call it) there. It could have been your dad’s. We had a ball. I got a bread recipe from Joan, and I made it. It’s the best bread that I’ve made for a long time. Take care, Donna
If you come to the reunion, maybe we can add some music, or a night of singing.