true connection to music

Published December 07, 2021

I sometimes find it challenging at this time of the year to keep a sacred space open in my inner landscape for true connection to music.

I’ll confess that after decades of playing holiday parties and church services as a professional musician and conductor, I have grown rather cynical towards so much so-called holiday music and the ways in which we encounter it. Well, it’s probably more accurate to say that I’ve become allergic to hearing the same songs every year in service of unbridled capitalism.

It can be confusing to my tender heart to feel the tug and pull of decidedly emotionally rich music compressed within an inch of its life between voiceovers hocking snowblowers and air fryers.

Some of my fondest musical memories of the season are from the years we lived in Colorado and we’d gather friends to go caroling on neighbors’ lawns. But in order to avoid the capitalistic complexity of holiday songs, we would instead sing medleys of the greatest pop hits of the 80’s. There’s something quite cheering in December about seeing your neighbor’s face when she finds 20 strangers on her lawn singing “Hungry Like the Wolf” in beautiful 4 part harmony.

But truly, I think I cherish silence more in December than any other time of the year.

It can be confusing to my tender heart to feel the tug and pull of decidedly emotionally rich music compressed within an inch of its life between voiceovers hocking snowblowers and air fryers.

blessings,
Gary
for golden lotus studio
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