A song can paint a picture, and transform our thoughts, attitudes, and feelings like nothing else. Music has the ability to take us to another time and another place instantly as the first notes reach our ears. We are suddenly back into our own unique story, briefly experiencing something special, and for a few moments it’s yesterday once more. We all probably have hundreds of songs that carry us away to the land of memories.
We live in a wonderful time where if a song has been recorded and we want it, we can usually get it easily! ITunes, Youtube,…you name it and it’s probably there! As fortunate as we are to have the ability to have thousands of recordings on the device of our choice, there’s still nothing quite like a live performance.
A few weeks ago, Butch and I took a little road trip to Nashville, the music capital of the US. We often go for business, but this trip was for the sole purpose of seeing a singer/songwriter that we began listening to in our early teens…one that I first saw perform as a starry-eyed 13 year-old in Birmingham, AL.
A few months ago I read that Neil Diamond would be on tour this year celebrating his 50th year in the music industry. Fifty years…I couldn’t believe it! It seems like just yesterday I was that young teen waiting anxiously for him to walk out on stage. I mentioned to Butch that I would really like to go and see him…and my sweet man ordered tickets!
We arrived in Nashville with a little time to spare, and we were able to enjoy an early dinner at Merchants on Broadway. The building dates back to 1892 with an interesting past. We had eaten there before, prior to a George Strait concert…yes, we enjoy many genres of music!
Butch and I were anxious to see what age bracket the majority of the concert goers would fall into, being that Neil Diamond is 76. Much to our surprise, the ages ranged from teens to those in their eighties…music spans all generations! This senior performer practically packed an 18,500 seat arena, which I found amazing. His performance was spectacular and it was such an enjoyable evening…more music and memories!
We all age, but good music never grows old!
Music connects people and brings them together in ways nothing else can. We recently spent a few days at The Swag, a beautiful country inn located in the mountains of North Carolina. The events leader (Doug) was a singer/songwriter/storyteller who performed each evening after dinner. Conversations about music, singers, songs, and songwriters made us feel like we’d known Doug and his wife Kathy for years. Doug even asked Butch to sing a couple of evenings during his song time. Butch was quite honored to be given that opportunity and they plan to get together again.
For us, music has played a significant role in our lives… it was actually how we met. Butch is a singer/songwriter/musician and everyone says he sounds like the late John Denver and he even resembles him. I have always loved to sing and have played piano since I was ten years old (a few years ago). We are so grateful for the opportunity to share the gift of music with each other and with so many through the years. After all, music is the soundtrack of our lives!
I posted this photo on Instagram the night of the concert. Although many, many years have passed since I was that 13 year old attending my first concert with my best friend Cathy, it still feels like yesterday! Her dad drove us to the “big city” of Birmingham, AL to see Neil Diamond,The Buckinghams, Lou Christie and several more. Oh the memories from days long ago that I will always cherish! She and I had the best time at that concert…and I am sad to say my precious best friend died way too young, at the age of 42. Just another way music causes my heart to reminisce!
Does music evoke memories for you? Are there special songs that when you hear them your mind recalls a place, a person, or a time? I would so love reading if you would take the time to share. Thanks sweet friends for following our everyday living!
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