Make Mine M U S I C

The Sirens Continue to Call Me Down to the Sea with Their Mournful Wail

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Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

— ~~Victor Hugo

Music is my voice when my heart is overflowing with so much joy that it would burst. The song, with or without words, will share my heart's true feeling.

No matter where I am or what I am doing my usual response is to dance and sing along, my body's reaction to the musical interlude finding its way to me.


My eldest grandson turns a blind eye to me when I begin to sway or tap my foot or sing (O, my O!!!) when I am in public.




Wandering, searching, seeking to find answers to what sometimes would devour every last fiber of me if I let it, I choose MUSIC.

To face the day, the night, when questions whirl around inside my head stealing the sleep that my body cries out for endlessly, MUSIC will calm and soothe those ragged edges.


Victor Hugo, writer extraordinaire, creator of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Mes....penned the words so many years ago that define this mystical, magical art form...He tells us that it expresses what spoken words do not convey and cannot be silenced.


He gave a voice to the thoughts I feel about the power of music.



Nature's Symphony Awaits Each Day...

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Where words leave off, music begins.

— ~~Heinrich Heine

Having embarked on a journey of walking daily, eight miles, I find music is my companion on most walks.

The selections are mostly very fast-paced, up beat songs whose lyrics are familiar and keep me stepping along. In fact, it does very keenly keep a song in my heart.

There are some contemporary praise songs on my MP3 player as well...which also provide a musical background for thought and inspiration as I walk each day.


Finding Music

There was a time when I was lost inside a bottle and would have said, "Make mine rum."

Years later, I would have said, "Make mine percodan."

More years passed, and, now I say, "Make mine music."

Nothing else works for me like music.

Many of the songs that offer me the most solace do so because the writer/singer felt what I was feeling at the time. And carried that feeling one step further...turning it into song. The rhythm, the color, the melody, the primal fear or joy all captured and shared.

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

`~Khalil Gibran

Camp Songs

Moving from one decade to another as the days turn to weeks and to months and to years, music has bridged the gap as this passage of time emerged.


A little girl traveled to 4-H Camp for many summers.. In the evening we gathered around bonfires to tell stories and sing.

One song we sang over and over year after year...

"Boom Boom ain't it great to be crazy

A horse and a flea and three blind mice

sitting on a tombstone shootin' dice

Horse slipped

fell on the flea

"Oops," said the flea

"There's a horsie on me!"

I can still hear the tune echoing in the air bouncing of the trees as our hundreds of voices joined to bring this song to life.


We Did Not Sound This Good but We FELT Each Part of It Slip Into our Souls

Jacob's Ladder


Time moved on again and as a tween (a term yet unknown when I was one), I attended church camp.

Again we gathered around campfires and sang.

Not all of the songs we sang were of a religious nature but some were.

One I still love today is

"We are climbing Jacob’s ladder,
Soldiers of the cross.

.Every round goes higher, higher,
Every round goes higher, higher,
Every round goes higher, higher,
Soldiers of the cross."

I can feel the song being sung...the passion we felt as we joined our voices in praise. I cannot believe that the words came back so quickly. I guess it is because it was a part of me.

There are other verses ...but these are the ones we sang most often.

The camp was nestled in the hills of Virginia and our song swirled through the trees and around those hills and back down into our souls.They became a part of who were are today.




The Limbo...

Camp songs were not the only songs of my youth though. There are so many songs that rush to mind when I become that young girl-woman who was coming in to her own. At about age 15 the real power of music began to move me to feel emotions that had not fully emerged before this time.

Many of the songs were sung by the 'rock 'n roll' singers of my day.

I could fill volumes on the songs that were part of that time of my life.


Limbo Rock..an all time favorite...we love love loved to do the limbo!!!

And, The Twist...another song that got us up and moving.

There were many many romantic songs that we young girls would play over and over on our record players...we kept the 45s playing all afternoon long.

And soon we were off to college to another level of music.....American Woman was one that captured our mind and stayed with us...that was a time of experimenting with drugs (something I did not do until I was an adult, many years later).


My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.

— ~~Martin Luther

Then and Now...Make mine MUSIC

With each subsequent decade music became more and more a part of my daily life. And I found when someone asked me what type of music I liked I would say, that I like all types.

And that is true. What I should have said those is that music I prefer is music that speaks to my soul, that feels the way I feel, that expresses those feelings best for me that I am unable to express on my own.

Make mine MUSIC is clearly the best drug of choice for me. Intoxicated by the whole sensory waltz with musical interludes often I find the greatest pleasure and greatest relief by allowing myself to be lost in music's arms.


Traveling Over the Rainbow

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Fly Over the Proverbial Rainbow

Over the Rainbow

As is true in the lives of each of us, unwanted, unwelcome events and circumstances have come to my life and to the lives of those that I love.

When my nephew left the planet suddenly two years ago, we were shaken to the core. And thankfully MUSIC was there to help us express our grief and to assuage the pain.

One song that did it best was Over the Rainbow as it is sung in the video that is here. It just carried away our pain for us and remains today a song that soothes and comforts.

When I Get Where I am Going.....

What Prompted this Hub....When I Get Where I am Going

The reason I wrote this hub is ....

the other day my daughter posted on Facebook "When I Get Where I am Going"...that says it all...

She was referencing Brad Paisley's song When I Get Where I am Going".

And so now I have a love hate relationship with this song. It is a beautiful, passionate song about embracing death and what will come after 'we get where we are going.

And while the song carries me away, I am kind of not so enamored of it so much right now as my daughter is fighting her greatest fight right now with cancer that I have written about so many times here on HubPages.

I do want her to feel the joy that being free of pain will bring and want her to feel the joy that is sung about in Brad Paisley's song. But selfishly I want that time to come later. Another miracle right now would be a most welcome gift...a miracle to take her pain away and to take the cancer from her body. (We have had multiple miracles over the last 11 years...)

No one is ever ready to lose someone they love so very much.

When the time comes for her to spread her wings and fly, I will once again find solace in the words of those who are so blessed to convey our innermost feelings and thoughts with musical interludes.

© 2014 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Absolutely. My days and nights are filled with music..and really there are very few types that I do not enjoy. And yes, our soul can work its magic with the music that fills our lives.

thank you for visiting

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Suzanne Day 19 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Who wouldn't be a fan of MUSIC in all its glory? Years ago, I liked the anguished stuff, then I learnt that you can do things with your soul with the right music - now I listen to uplifting movie soundtracks and new age, but I'm also a fan of dance, country and world music too (Spanish guitar, anyone?) Voted up and interesting!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are such a doll, Rachel. Thank you so much for your kind words. We are making the most of each day.

God is good and He is in the house.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

How thoughtful this hub is. The hardest and most selfless thing to do is to let go. God bless you and give you the strength to do that if need be. Your daughter still has hope but at the same time she has knowledge that God's arms will be comforting for her and you. That was the first time I heard that song, is it new? Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Blessings to you, I voted up.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes...gotta' have music...all types, at least some part of every day and definitely when I am tooling down the highway.

Thank you for visiting Marlene.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

I am like you when it comes to music. I like all types of music. At first, the rhythm catches me and then the lyrics keep me there. And, I absolutely love that Victor Hugo quote.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes she survives!!! And so does my grandson so we are ever faithful even as new tumors appear we just keep on keeping on.

We are so blessed and so thankful for so much And we send Angels to all of those who are making this journey as well and that includes you Dahoglund

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dahoglund 20 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Sorry to hear about your daughter having cancer. If it is any encouragement, I am a cancer survivor for about 15 years, when I had colon cancer. I later had lung cancer and survived that. I hope your daughter also will be able to continue on.


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colorfulone 23 months ago from Minnesota

Patricia, you have a great way of expressing your emotions through words. You put so much positive energy into this hub, that I feel revived.

Thank you. Voting up and sharing.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Alicia thank you for stopping by.

Music just takes me to another place even if just for a bit.

Sometimes thoughts that I am thinking are so well expressed by a song that it offers the relief or hope or joy that I am seeking.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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AliciaC 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a beautiful hub, Patricia. Music stirs my emotions as it does yours. It can be very powerful and very satisfying. My thoughts are with you and your daughter. I hope things go well for you in 2015.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I do so agree, Rachel. What a gift it is to get lost in song when our hearts and minds are troubled. It is for me a gentle release, a way to lose myself in the melody or lyrics.

Thank you so very much for visiting Angels are on the way to you ps


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Rachel L Alba 23 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I believe God gave us music to heal our troubled souls at times. The angels brought the message of the birth of Christ through the angel's music. So very sorry to read bout your daughter's crisis. A prayer will be sent for her.

Have a blessed new year.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Agreed Cyndi It reaches whatever place that I am in at the moment. I am so thankful for those that are gifted and share instrumentals and vocals with us.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

For sure and I am so thankful for that bridge to feelings and emotions and unspoken words that it offers.

Thanks for visiting Audrey

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you so much Flourish for stopping to read and comment. We are blessed and do find so much peace and release through music.

happy new year to you and yours.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Cyndi10 23 months ago from Georgia

I can really relate to what you have written. Music is always a part of the best days for me. I love most music and those tunes that really resonate with me... well, I turn up the volume and dance. Music really can mark the milestones of our lives and hearing a song can bring back memories, good or sad.

Take care.


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

Well I think music really does express what words cannot! Great hub!!


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

Music often expresses and taps into the words that are too painful or difficult to access. You have written a lovely hub here, Patricia. I wish you much peace and am sending good thoughts to you and your family.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Dear PS,

Beautiful beyond words, dear friend! I cannot even imagine going through even just one day without music. It heals, calms, comforts, fills one's heart with joy and expresses all ... you have chosen the perfect quote there about music.

I loved listening to your great music choices here. I love singing out loud, especially when driving in my car.

Merry Christmas, blessings, hugs to you and yours

Angels heading your way ...well, I know they are already there as always.

Up ++++ tweeting pining, G+ and sharing


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I know...what a gift music is to our lives. Every day my life is filled with it. As I am writing I have music washing over me.

Angels are on the way to you, Eric.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Peggy, for taking time to share your kind thoughts. I DO, we do, enjoy every day....for truly not one of us knows when our time will come so missing one moment of any day is just not a good thing.

I am blessed and she and her children are blessed so that really is the bottom line, isn't it? As I mentioned to Bill, I feel so blessed to know you here on HubPages as well as on Bubblews. These sites have brought sweet you and him as well as others who are caring loving individuals into my life.

Have a very Merry Christmas and find much joy in this season.

Angels are on the way right now ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Peggy, for taking time to share your kind thoughts. I DO, we do, enjoy every day....for truly not one of us knows when our time will come so missing one moment of any day is just not a good thing.

I am blessed and she and her children are blessed so that really is the bottom line, isn't it? As I mentioned to Bill, I feel so blessed to know you here on HubPages as well as on Bubblews. These sites have brought sweet you and him as well as others who are caring loving individuals into my life.

Have a very Merry Christmas and find much joy in this season.

Angels are on the way right now ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So glad to see you this morning, Bill

And sending blessings and joy and a very Merry Christmas right back to you and yours .

I am so blessed to have gotten to have found you here on HubPages.

I have found a fountain of inspiration through your writing.

Angels are winging their way to you at this moment ps


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A beautiful and heartfelt piece. I often wonder if it were not for music, would my life be as full as it is today. Probably not a chance of it.


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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

Oh Patricia, I could feel the emotions you are obviously feeling right now through your poignant words. There is never a "right" time to let those we love die. Just knowing that they are entering a new life beyond this one...a rebirth into eternal life...helps. But it does not ease the pain of not being able to see them, hug them, etc. My heart aches for you. Enjoy each and every day you have left with your daughter in this life and may angels surround you and help you during the transition which is coming. Bless you! Keep playing the music you love.


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

Music is powerful, isn't it? What a beautiful essay....powerful, emotional, real...everything writing should be...and the personal touch, with revelations, was just icing on the cake.

Peace be with you, your daughter, your grandson, and your whole family this holiday season.

love,

bill


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You know, I never had one. My friends did but my family really never had money for extras. We did have a radio though and when I was 12 I did get a record player...so the music played on.

Thanks Ed for stopping by

Angels are on the way to you this morning


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ahorseback 23 months ago

What a beautiful hub , It echoes in me , much like music itself , when I was a boy with the "transistor " under the pillow , or a lonely teen lost in the shuffle , or even as an adult REALLY lost in it ! Now though ,as an elder ? 60 ? , it still echoes ! awesome .............Ed

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