Music has the ability to move us emotionally. It enables us to remember the great moments in life and to also recall the times of great challenge and sadness.
Martin Luther writes: "Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us."
I love this – it so eloquently suggests the power of music to calm even the most raging situation.
Legendary artist Billy Joel wrote: “I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music".
Music often plays a significant role in the funeral services of our loved ones. A well-chosen song can powerfully connect us with vivid memories of our loved one and transport us back to another time. More often than not, these memories are good and contribute to our healing, however no one can argue that sometimes, music too brings back painful memories that consume us with sadness and grief; be it a song on the radio that reminds you of your first dance as husband and wife, or the song you loved as a child. It is in these times that we must choose to positively reminisce and in our own way celebrate the life we shared with our loved one.
I recall my friend Damien's funeral. It was held on a farm as he was a horse lover. As the coffin came along to where we were all waiting on the back of a horse drawn wagon the theme song from the Man From Snowy River was being played. I have always loved that movie and the song tracks, but now, whenever I hear that beautiful music being played, I also think of my friend Damien.
Taylor Swift writes: "People haven't always been there for me, but music always has."
As a musician I love to simply go to the piano and play the songs I enjoy (and can actually play) not for an audience but for myself. It is fun, calming, emotional, physical, spiritual. To simply sit and allow my fingers to swiftly dance across the 88 keys before me, soothes my soul and in some way, contributes to the healing of my soul. It is interesting to me that my wife Naomi often says that she can tell how I am feeling deep inside, just by listening to me play. Music reveals us in wonderful ways.
Whether in a funeral service of a loved one or simply driving along the road with the radio on, music is to be cherished and enjoyed.
I wonder what song brings memories back to you? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Have a great week.