For some creative strange reason, I always feel like I do my best writing at the last minute. Comes down to whatever seems to work, I guess. I have been thinking about what I have been writing about and felt I had become somewhat repetitive with my subject matter. I reached out to a mentor, who is awesome, and she gave me some food for thought. I think it is really about having the courage to say “I need help“. There is something quite freeing once you reach out. I liken it to the big exhale.
To reach my place of Zen, I look towards the landscape, historical places, horses and my go to… music. My tastes are all over the musical map. Depends on the mood. I will strongly attest to when I get really squirrely or wrapped around my own axle, music brings me back earth. A good tune will refocus my mind, get me out of the morass of self pity and make me appreciate the moment.
Yes, I am a lover and true supporter of all things that deal with the arts. Be it rock and roll, broadway tunes, fabulous paintings, a stellar movie, or theater, it seems to bring out the best in each and every one of us. I recently went on a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson and found that one room in the mansion was “The Music Room”. It played a most important role in the evening’s festivities. People tend to forget that smartphones are a very recent creation. Music was part of the menu.
So, I will now show my age and say this is some of what is in my musical library: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, BB King, and Lindsay Stirling. As well as music from Hamilton, Wicked, Les Mis, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Petty and many others. It’s what puts a smile on my face, a spring in my step and calm in my heart.
I have been on a real up and down roller coaster of emotions lately and it is music that can quiet my chattering mind and bring me back to the calm of zen. It is about letting the world come to you and not forcing the flow. Fear has tried to drive the train but if I take that deep breath and remember a good Beatles tune, then things subside. My favorite Beatle is George Harrison, so I always lean toward his tunes. One of my favorites , “Another Girl“. Always brings me back to earth.
Please dear readers do all that you can to support the arts where ever you are. Humanity needs the arts to stave off the dumbing down of the world. It is through the arts that we can understand our history and preserve it for generations. Above all, the music I hear at this moment brings me to that zen hoofprint. Namaste to all, for you are appreciated