For as long as I can remember, the best music, the music that I reacted to, that I liked most, had something to say to me. Everything from simple love songs when I was an early teen to rousing anthems of the social justice movements over the decades became songs I remembered without even trying because they spoke to me. Something in me resonated with the depth of feeling expressed by the words and the melodies, the rhythms and the harmonies. If a music teacher in school tried to teach us a song about fox hunting in England in the 1800s or about the merry, merry month of May, I couldn't wait for it to be over. There was nothing there for me. But when society was in an upheaval and I was waking up to what was around me, "The Times They Are a Changin"' spoke so loudly to me. Even all the gospel songs that were constantly around me in my childhood about sin and hell, salvation and heaven meant a lot to me then because of my strong childhood beliefs.
Today, I have a little different perspective on a few things. I've experienced my share of living and learning, seeing and believing, holding on and making changes. Different things are more important to me now than in the past so I feel the urge to express myself differently today. I remember how important the words and the feelings in so many songs were to me over the years. Someone else's expression in those songs meant something to me and helped me get to know myself. I wasn't alone if someone else said what I thought, felt what I felt, reached out to me through the speakers to connect our hearts and minds.
Human beings need empathy, crave connection and seek out solidarity. Or, in the words of Ringo Starr, "Peace and Loov. Peace and Loov." I'd like my words and music to reach out to someone, to let them know I feel what they feel, to offer connection, to point to courage and compassion, to validate pain and suffering, to create hope and healing and to share our joy and tears. Peace and Loov. Peace and Loov.