Wednesday, June 19, 2013

how do you keep the music playing

"Where words fail, music speaks."  -Hans Christian Andersen

Every so often a piece of music comes along that speaks directly to my soul.  It quietly captures the nuances of my heart and somehow becomes an audible outpouring of the jumble of emotion and (occasional!) craziness I feel inside.  Music has always been a powerful influence in my life, moving me when words fail to do so.  Song lyrics speak to me from my happy-go-lucky moods, to my darkest moments, to anywhere in between.  And just as I can usually remember what I was wearing during key (and as my family likes to remind me, not so key) moments in my life, I also can mark milestones by what song came to the fore during that time.

By now you probably get the idea, and I won't bore you with further attempts at poetic ramblings about how music transcends the mind and personifies the soul. :-)  What prompted this post was rediscovering a piece of music from the movie Pearl Harbor.  I confess I've never seen the film, however Hans Zimmer wrote a masterpiece of a score that I never tire of hearing.  I've included a link to my favorite track entitled "Tennessee" below in case you care to sample the current state of my psyche.

"Music...will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer