About Rowena

Hello, my name is Ro, and I believe that it is possible for you to turn your ordinary life into an extraordinary life - to find true happiness, while remaining, selfless, mindful and compassionate towards other living beings. Here at my blog, I interview and post articles by musicians, writers, world travelers, humanitarians and other amazing individuals who are doing just that. I also share with you various anecdotes about my own totally awesome existence as a musician, composer, journalist, environmentalist, and compassionati. My hope is to connect with you, enlighten you, inspire you and lead you down the path to true happiness. Compassion is always in fashion and it starts with you loving that most important of people, yourself.

March 23, 2011

The Power of Music: by Terry Christopher

Terry Christopher
I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours.  But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places.  Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. 

~H.A. Overstreet 

I often times forget about the real power of music and how transformative it is. When I was a kid, life was well, not so good in many ways. I found my escape through music and the stories that were being sung. Music is something that we are literally all born from. We are surrounded by the music of our Mother’s heartbeat in the womb, we hear the rush and swish of fluids that combined with the heartbeat create a mini pre-natal sound lab. Doesn’t it stand to reason then that so many people on this planet are drawn to some sort of music? Music is life. Music is home.

It really doesn’t matter what kind of music you like, what style, or what artist(s). Music is a common thread that weaves all of humanity together. Rhythm and melody are completely universal regardless of nationalities or languages and the difference thereof. Music is the soothing warm blanket to the rhythm of life and of our souls.

It’s no wonder then that so many of us reach for certain music styles or artists who give melody and storyline to the most painful and jubilant moments in each of our lives. From the heartache of loss (whatever that loss may be), and the stab of painful betrayal to the overwhelming break from a dark patch of our journey, and elation of success and celebration of something truly triumphant, we all “go there” to, by, through and with music.

I have been chatting with a few friends the past several months and each of us has been facing something that has caused us pain and also something else that has brought us joy and we have all referenced music as the touchstone to dealing with both the good and the bad. Meditation music is also something I personally have found for the last 10 years or so to be a music offering that really helps me stay grounded, focus on the positive, and work through some of the dreck that life can sling at ya.

The next time you are feeling really low…embrace it with an artist who is comforting in that he or she is singing of your own experience and ‘killing you softly with his song…” or grab that up tempo club mix or latest Top 40 jam that makes you feel empowered, strong, vibrant and ready for the next round of life.

Music is a friend for life. It is a form of communication that is a language unto itself. Don’t forget that when life comes at you fast and hard or light and easy, there is always a way to celebrate the best of you, from you, and in you. Music is the voice of emotion conveying this shared and universal school of life that will be a partner along this path you and I walk. Just don’t forget to listen, I mean really, really…listen.

In music and living in a positive place…

Dream. Reach. Live. Do.
~Terry Christopher
Ro's Notes: 

Terry, a regular guest blogger for Rousing Rowena, is a New York based, award winning singer-songwriter, and I am a fan of his as well as a friend.   I love his contributions to this blog as they are always from the heart, very positive and extremely inspiring!    For more information about Terry and his music please click on Terry Christopher.

While you are here be sure to check out Terry's previous guest posts, Braking the Cycle about a 3 day/300 mile bike riding/humanitarian event that Terry participates in every year,  The Art and Skill of Thanksgiving/Gratitude, and Second Family.

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