Tonight was my first concert in a very long time. The first time in years that I was sitting in the band rather than out in the audience. It’s heaven. I wish everyone could have the experience of being in the music; to hear the sounds as they’re being created before the notes head out over the heads of the audience.
This was our “Spooktacular” concert filled with scary music about snakes and magic and phantoms. In fact we had our very own phantom, a tenor with a beautifully powerful voice, who sang music from Phantom of the Opera while we accompanied him. He was singing about 18 inches from where I sat, and on a couple of occasions during the long piece of music I actually stopped playing, mesmerized by the power of his voice.
I didn’t want that piece of music to end, because when again will I be surrounded by sounds so exquisite, be so close to a voice like that? I was treasuring it while it was happening, enjoying the full-up feeling of being totally happy, glad to be in the moment.
I said before that if everyone could play music, either alone, or with large groups, if everyone could get that special high from making something beautiful, if everyone in the world could create something, something so elusive, so transparent, so temporary, but so solid and powerful, if everyone could make music the world would be better. I still believe that.
Wishing each of you days filled with wonder, music and art. It can’t hurt.
October 28, 2010 at 3:38 am
You are right Dawn. The world would be better if people could appreciate music and join together in playing it.
Glad you had time worth remembering.
October 28, 2010 at 4:50 am
How wonderful that you got to play! I haven’t played in a band since 12th grade. That was, er, let me get my calculator out….well, a long time ago.
Spooktacular sounds like great fun for everyone-musicians and audience! I would have loved to come be entertained.
October 28, 2010 at 6:11 am
I am so glad you are decided to play in the band again and that your first concert was such a huge success. Thanks for reminding me to treasure what I take for granted every day after all these years!
October 28, 2010 at 6:19 am
What a wonderful experience! I would have loved to listen. Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorites. You are lucky you have the ability to play music!
October 28, 2010 at 9:56 am
That really sounds wonderful, I really wish I played an instrument before, but after reading your description,….I really wish I did. You are my hero with all the new things you have been up to-talk about changes! YOU GO!!! Kathy with Cricket/Breeze/Liz
October 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm
Me too, I think music is a very important part of our lives, it’s so healing in so many ways
October 29, 2010 at 9:50 am
What instrument do you play? I’m jealous — I can’t even read music, but do though-ally enjoy being the audience in aw.
October 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I haven’t a musical bone in my body, but I like to listen. I love Andrew Lloyd Weber music, and Phantom is one of my favorites. I envy you your many talents.
October 30, 2010 at 5:40 am
I play clarinet, have since 4th grade which is a very very very long time ago. I think everyone has talents, sometimes we just don’t know about them because we weren’t lucky enough to be exposed to different opportunities. I also think it’s never too late to try. So take that community ed art class, or a photography class, pick up an instrument at a yard sale and invest in a few private lessons. You never know what you’ll find you’re really good at, or even if you’re not good…you might find out you love it anyway!
October 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm
You must be a talented clarinet player to be able to play in a group such as this. High five!
November 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm