Thursday, November 02, 2006

Make A Joyful Noise/Music Is Life

Today I decided to keep alive my tradition of not working the day after a concert. I don't do this because I partied too much. I am not much of a party animal. My health doesn't encourage drinking and I am not as young as I used to be. The day after is often a celebration of the night before. I rest and remember what I experienced. I sometimes play the artist's music again and again. As luck would have it, my day off also turned out to be a glorious autumn day. Much of the day I looked out my window as the wind blew thousands of leaves from the trees. My entire yard is now covered with a carpet of multi-colored leaves. I enjoyed my solitude. I also ran a few errands and had lunch at a deli that I haven't been to in quite a while. The concert I saw was another wonderful musical experience. I saw some great musicians in an intimate theater from the second row. Earlier, in a serendipitous moment, as a friend and I were walking from the parking garage to the theater, we had one of those moments that all music lovers dream about. As we were walking on a side street, we ran into the headliner and his entire band. We shook hands and told them how much we were looking forward to their performance. They did not disappoint. It was an evening of mesmerizing music. Music can be a very spiritual and emotional experience for me. I think my friends would say the same. For us, music is not just entertainment. Music is life. There is a depth of emotion that only music can touch. The musicians I saw played with a level of skill and a depth of emotion that sent chills up and down my spine. This emotion was especially felt on a song entitled "Make A Joyful Noise". This title says it all. Music is life and joy and certainly one of mankind's greatest achievements.

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