When music inspires, the soul rejoices and the heart is happy.
Yesterday was one of those days that kept me a little morose. Being alone has its rewards, the interminable silence that keeps your mind wander but there are times when you feel that you need to do something aside from talking to yourself and your three dogs. My son called up yesterday and told me that he was really happy to stay in Boracay for a week. “I know” I said, it is a much-needed break. They will be coming home tomorrow and I am excited to see him again.
Out of boredom (yes, I was really bored) I played Christmas carols on YouTube. Seeing the digitally remastered Christmas album of Johnny Mathis made me smile. It made me remember my Dad when he was alive. He used to have this LP and it was a family favorite and we would all look forward to listening to the album in our portable player every time Christmas season comes. It brought back lovely memories of the past, nostalgic and magical. I visited Hallmark channel too and checked all the uploaded full movies that you can just click and play. I found A Song From The Heart which was worth the almost two hours I was glued to the monitor. It starred Amy Grant, Keith Carradine and D. W. Moffett. Amy Grant is cast as Maryann Lowery, a blind music teacher. New Age pianist Gregory Pavan (D.W. Moffett) became romantically involved with the talented Maryann and coaxed her to have an eye operation because he knew she had what it takes to be world-renowned concert cellist. Oliver Comstock (Keith Carradine), is cast as a close neighbor who has always worshipped Maryann from afar. I had a great time watching and listening to the music. And as if that wasn’t enough, I watched another movie (for the nth time, I guess). I read the book The Promise when I was in college and watched the movie adaptation with my youngest brother during the mid-eighties. That was back when Danielle Steel was such a very popular romantic novelist and some of her books were made into movies. I was curious if the movie which I loved thirty years back would still hold the same fascination for me. It did. I think the latter was the movie where I memorized the name of the characters, aside from another favorite movie Dying Young. I accidentally found the book version many years after watching the movie several times too. The movie adaptation was I think better than the book and I loved the music of Kenny G.
The power of music – it makes you smile, it makes you sing too but sometimes it makes you cry. “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence” so says Robert Fripp. Do you agree? I do.