Music of the Heart...

Tonight I watched most of the Grammy's. I'm not sure what I thought about it...but what it did bring to mind is the power of music. Music was a large part of my life. When I was in high school I participated in the choir program, eventually being a member of the Acapella Choir and a smaller swing choir. These groups became the basis for my high school career and friendships. The close bonds of people was something I hadn't experienced before. The opportunity to create something with others while learning and growing my own craft was especially amazing. Even then, I knew that I was a part of something special.

I have continued, over the years, with my love of music, but about four years ago I lost my voice for ten days and my singing was forever altered. My range is voice cracks, sounds strained, but even with these shortfalls, I love to sing, love music. It speaks to my heart.

I am grateful for music..I am grateful that my children share this continues to be a bond that draws us together. Music can teach us so many's ability to educate is widespread and universal. Music is the key to connecting people around the globe and has the potential to bring peace among people. speaks a language all its own...and, as Stevie says, its a language we all understand. Music should be integrated more fully into our culture, especially music of empowerment. Oppressive music, should be moved to the back burners and music of love, equality, and personal power moved into the lime light. Teaching our children to express themselves through music will bring, not only academic knowledge, but empowerment and advocacy within those who are up and coming.

Our future is coming...we want those who are coming into power to not only speak with their mind, but speak with their heart. Creating music as an integral portion of their lives benefits all...may the powerful songs of freedom, personal power, and equality soon ring through the air for all ears to hear and all hearts to feel. Music is the salve to heal our wounded souls and our wounded world.



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