Consecutive Days Riding: 156 Consecutive Days Blogging: 140
Today’s Mileage: 4 Total Trip Mileage: 1065
As I ride the bike today I find myself thinking about how my choice of Facebook groups is undertaken in an effort to interact with a larger circle of like minded pilgrims. I seek people who are open minded, positive, loving and compassionate. I know there are numerous avenues you can follow to connect with people similar to yourself. Social groups on Facebook can connect you with artists, poets and writers as well as politically active individuals.
This morning as I drove to the University for an “Open House” meeting with prospective students and parents I listened to NPR “morning edition.” They ran a story about R&B Superstar Jay Sean who was described as a “self-professed science geek” who has taken the music world by storm. Born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti in London to Indian parents he dropped out of medical school after two years to follow his passion for music. He talked about his lifelong desire to have an impact on people, to “save their lives” and how this first drew him to the field of medicine. When opportunities arose to further his other passion, music, he jumped at the chance. However, this does not mean that he abandoned his earlier desire to help and heal people. He noted that he often meets people who report that his music changed their life and gave them hope during desperate times. He finds in his musical endeavors a sense of fulfillment and connectedness with others; it is a way for him to have a positive impact on our world.
This was followed by another story about the impact of music on lives. The report talked about a program called Jail Guitar doors. It was first launched in London as a way to use music to help rehabilitate jail house prisoners. As part of the annual South by South West music festival in Austin Texas it was introduced to the Travis County Correctional inmates by Wayne Crammer. He told his touching story of addiction and jail time and how music was his therapy. He noted that he hoped that he might be “a bridge” to help others change their lives.
I myself never played a musical instrument, but I know the powerful impact that music can have on a person. Just last night I sat for an hour as a beautiful young women, a singer, serenaded a room full of family, teachers and fellow students. She started with a set of German songs, travelled across the border with a set of French songs and followed her southern movement with a set of Italian pieces. She returned from an intermission with songs from Russia and then finished with a song set in her native tongue. As I watched her intensity and the emotions associated with words I did not understand, I smiled at the universality of the music its ability to carry us around the world and bring us together. Her eyes sparkled as her voice danced about us, curls of red hair frame and angelic face. I thought to myself, this is why they portray angels singing!
The wonderful thing about music and art is the advantage I has over the written word for it speaks on a universal level, using notes and hues, sound waves and canvases to “speak” to everyone, at every age, in every culture. This young woman in her senior recital crossed a continent, reached across cultures and borders, across an ocean, touching our hearts with her notes and a radiant smile!
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