14 September 2007

Of moons and music…

Filed under: Ponderings

I was reading a post today about a Peace Corps volunteer who was homesick. He missed his friends, his family and his life back home. He said that something he did to help ease his homesickness was to look at the moon. Knowing that everyone he loved was looking at the same moon made it easier for him, he said. It allowed him to share something real and basic with his loved ones from far away.

I’ve heard this many times throughout my life, even Henry VIII wrote about being able to look at the same moon as Anne Boleyn. I’m sure it goes farther back than that. Likely, as long as people connected have been separated by distance.

To me a way to connect to someone whom is distant from you, is to share music. Listening to a piece of music which is special to another connects you to that person, in a very deep way.

Last night, for instance, a friend of mine was going through a very hard time. There was nothing I could do to help. I didn’t have all the details. We live in different states. I was powerless to be of any assistance. So, I took their favorite song and put it on repeat on my iPod and listened to it over and over and over again. Listening to every word, connecting with it. For that time, I felt like we were together. Even though I was far away, I was there, in some fashion, in some way, to help. Energy is a powerful thing, and I hope that I was able to send some of mine their way, when they needed it most.

Music is a very powerful thing.

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