Have you ever been driving down the road, meandering through a shopping mall, or just relaxing in your home when a song from the past hits the airwaves, and before you know it your mind drifts back in time to where you were, what you were doing, what your hair or clothing looked like, and who you loved? Perhaps you smiled, re-lived an incredible moment in your life, or realized that you just needed a tissue? This is what music often does to me – it moves me from the center of my being, and brings me back to a time in my life that I had long since forgotten. Because I love music so much, I decided to start a section in our blog where we can all share stories and our favorite tunes. I hope you will join me in this fun look at our lives through the sound of music!
Here’s my story. It was 2004 and a very hot summer evening in Westwood, CA and I was walking through an exciting outdoor street fair where vendor’s sold their wares so they could put food on their own table – there were clowns, people selling handmade jewelry and hand pieced quilts, others selling the fruits and veges they had grown, plants, henna tattoos, balloons, and every type of food you could imagine – when I came upon a couple who were singing for tips. Now, I am a musician, and I’m not proud to say that I sometimes find myself silently nitpicking other musicians, (I am really comparing them to myself (lol)) – but on this sticky summer evening there was no criticism at all. This breath of fresh air literally stopped me dead in my tracks. I cannot remember another time when I was in such ‘awe’ when listening to a couple of street singers – it was by far the most beautiful song I EVER heard! It is a moment in my life that I will always remember the details – the smells of blended foods, the colorful flowers, the friends I was with, and that one particular night and how life seemed to stand still because of this one song: ‘The Prayer’ by Celine Dion and Andrew Borcelli. I recently found this online, and I want to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3EoHz29guo
I also hope you will share your favorites with me!