On Thursdays, I always babysit my granddaughter. She is a regular pistol, full of all the life and sass that a 2-yr. old can muster! This makes her even more adorable in my eyes because she is constantly seeking that next lesson, yearning for knowledge and fun in equal measure. She is a pure example of that sense of continuing wonder and exploration that only children possess. This afternoon we discovered the cymbals, two large matching pot lids that are in my oven drawer. This brought on a music session. Even when she herself was almost worn out, she kept saying, in her two-year-old speech,
“Let’s make more music!”
It was loud, out of sync, completely without form or tonality, rhythm or beat, yet it produced JOY! The pure joy that innocence and discovery can produce. As we played along, my husband and I, you could see the wonder as we made something from nothing, music from stationary objects, the beat of the heart of a child. Nothing could have been sweeter! And yet, often, this behavior is tamed, put into boxes or normalcy, shut down for propriety’s sake and labeled as not worthy of listening to. Each of us has our own ear for music and judge all other music against our favorites and our classics as good or bad.
Today, I ask you “What does your music sound like?”
is it a recognizable, predictable tune? Is it a classic, stuck in the past? Do you strive to stay current with the latest hits, even if you don’t really care for the melody or lyrics? OR do you sing, dance, beat out your spirit in melodious tones and rhythms, linking in with the heartbeat of the Mother and all mankind? Do you drum out of rhythm, sing off key, and yet still make music, even discordant, because your inner Truth calls out for it? Or do you squelch it, afraid that it will be critically viewed by others and judges as imperfect? The Universe is crying out for your song, longing for your heart and spirit to join the sacred rhythms and melodies that tell our tales!
As the late Tom Petty once observed,
“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”
May you make beautiful music tomorrow as you encounter the rhythms of the world!