It seems to me I’ve always loved music. As a child I took piano lessons for years and years. Later I also took guitar lessons and voice lessons. My senior year in high school I auditioned for the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist Univeristy in Texas. I didn’t get in and decided I really didn’t have the talent to be a professional performer. But I confess that I still love listening to music. My huzband, Ron, has pretty much broken me of the habit of singing along out loud. Yet when I am down and depressed, I’ve found that listening to music and singing along in my mind (don’t ask me how that works; somehow it just does) often cheers me up a great deal.
I am definitely still struggling with depression, but am trying my damnedest to fight my way out of it. Tonight I have been listening to music on YouTube. Sometimes I enjoy the videos, though mostly I just listen to the audio, while doing other things in other windows. And last night, while listening on YouTube, I came across an extraordinary video. This is a full two hour concert that Billy Joel and his band did in Tokyo in 2006. Apparently YouTube has lifted its ten minute (or was it twenty minute) limit. I had seen and listened to some of the songs from this concert before, and was thrilled and amazed to find this excellent, professional video of the entire show. I don’t think that I have actually cycled up yet, but spending a couple of hours watching Billy Joel and his amazing group of musicians seems to have put me into an infinitely better mood.
I am proud to note that this is now three days in a row I am posting to this blog right on time. I hope very much that I will be able to keep a going with my post every day resolution. I have resolved to simply not worry about the six days that I missed. Several friends have pointed out in the comments that it really was an audacious goal (to post every calendar day in 2012) and I intend to be proud of having done all that I could and will not beat myself up over what I just couldn’t do. I hope soon to get back to replying to every comment. And I am genuinely grateful to all of my friends who have continued to read and comment, even while I have been so depressed and not replying. You each and every one of you mean the world to me.