Ah music, it’s the one thing many of us have in common. I can’t even count how many times music has gotten me out of a bad spot or made me feel better. There is just something magical about music and what it does to us. It’s so universal, and it’s a huge part of my life as a guitar player and lover of music in general. Music has healed me, and it can heal you too.
Brings Us Together
I love the way music can bring us together. Think of all the huge concerts and the way that people from all walks of life, all colors, all religions, all political affiliations. None of that means a hill of shit when we are all together with music. We listen, we dance; we enjoy life. It’s one of the only things in this life that can actually bring us together. Of course, we all have our own tastes in music, but it’s the one thing we all have in common.
Music is a universal healer. It’s a window into our soul. It’s been such a powerful voice for real change. When you look across the crowd and see all the people there, that is what life is all about. We are all there together and enjoying music. I wish we could translate that moment to all areas of our life, but sadly for some reason, we cannot.
Let there be sound
There was sound
Let there be light
There was light
Let there be drums
There was drums
Let there be guitar
There was guitar
Oh, Let there be rock
AC/DC — Let There Be Rock
I think of all the amazing concerts there have been. Concert for Bangladesh, Woodstock, Live-Aid. It goes on and on. I just watched a documentary on television for the anniversary of Woodstock. All those young people there, living and living life as they listened to music. I wish that we could all see how beautiful those moments were and translate that to all aspects of our lives. It should be the universal language of peace. Perhaps we will get there one day. But my God, we have a ways to go!
Blues a healer, all over the world
Blues a healer, healer, all over the world, all over the world
It healed me, and it can heal you
The blues can heal you, early one morning
It can heal you
The blues can heal you
It healed me, healed me
It healed me
John Lee Hooker -The healer
I remember when my mother was the hospital suffering from clinical depression She didn’t know who we were or where she was, she wouldn’t talk. When a Christmas band came through the hospital, she got up and danced. THAT is the power of music. We play music at weddings, at parties, some of us have songs playing at our funerals. When my wife as bad day, she closed the door to our computer room. I sit and smile as I hear her singing. She wants to be alone, so I leave her there. I know its music that will make her feel better, not some words from me. She tells me she isn’t beautiful, but when she sings. It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. Music helps us over breakups or is just there for us when life is hard. What a powerful healer it is.
When I’m tired and thinking cold
I hide in my music, forget the day
And dream of a girl I used to know
I closed my eyes, and she slipped away
She slipped away
Boston — More Than A Feeling
I think of all the times I’ve sat with a pair of headphones on and my Fender Stratocaster in my hand. The notes flowing out of my fingers. Nothing can touch me then; nothing can hurt me. Next, to the love of my wife, it’s the only thing that makes me feel truly alive and connected to this world that is so full of pain. I’m sure that music has helped you through this journey we call life. I have to go, my amp is getting cold, and my whiskey glass is empty, best fix that.
Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you got us feeling all right
The Piano man — Billy Joel