I’ve said it before, but I love music. I grew up listening to musicals and memorized scores long before ever seeing them on Broadway. The Beatles were my favorite band by age 10 and still remain to be this day. My Pandora is never NOT on while cooking, cleaning, reading, etc. I would much rather prefer to sit on my couch with music than watch TV. My friends laugh that I barely even know how to work the remote controls in my house because I watch TV so seldom. Other friends comment that I’m always humming or whistling; rarely do I sit in silence. Music is my jam (see what I did there?)!
As I collected all of our resolutions to share with you, I couldn’t help but reflect on 2016. It was a tough year, personally. Truthfully, it kinda kicked the shit out of me. That’s where music comes in. It quiets the noise in my head; the incessant worries and thoughts. It brings me back to another time or a memory. It calms me.
An article caught my attention this morning saying that 2016 brought the loss of several iconic musicians…a loss as great as the early 70’s when the world lost Hendrix, Joplin, Jim Morrison & Louis Armstrong within a span of 11 months. This year we lost icons such as Prince, David Bowie, Glen Frey, Maurice White, Leonard Cohen and, most recently, George Michael.
To pay homage to these artists, I’ve put together a little message, in their words, as we head into the new year.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Pressure. Pushing down on me, pushing down on you, no man asks for. The heat is on, on the street. Inside your head, on every beat. We are just prisoners here, of our own device. Just hope you understand, sometimes the clothes do not make the man. I did my best, it wasn’t much, but life is just a party and parties aren’t meant to last. And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand before the lord of song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah. Cause I’ve gotta have faith, faith, faith.
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance. Why can’t we give love that one more chance. Wake me up, before you go-go. If you say run, I’ll run with you. We’ll go dancing, everything will be all right.
Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord. Lighten up while you still can. Give love, give love, give love, give love, give love. I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling.
You’re a shining star, no matter who you are, shining bright to see, what you could truly be.
Can you picture this?
Why should you wait any longer? Take a chance. It could only make you stronger.
It’s your time…
Wishing you and yours a peaceful, healthy and Happy New Year!
Oh no, LET’S GO!
~MK & The PGG