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Read the Story and Listen to "When I Think of Home", a Piano Solo by Daniel Carter

Updated on February 14, 2016

What Do You Think of. . .

. . . when you think of home? Many people will have a lot of wonderful, happy memories. But there are some who perhaps, didn't have experiences that fostered good memories comforting images of home. Regardless of your past experience, I believe you can begin now to create memories that will fill your emotional bank account that will make the word "home" meaningful, safe, and wonderful.

I wrote a piano solo called "When I Think of Home." I wrote it after the failure of my own marriage. After I lost almost everything I had ever worked for. When my own children were estranged and very distant from me. When I wondered how my faith and belief had let me down so completely. I decided that my life wouldn't always be this way. I decided I could start rebuilding my life, creating experiences that are good, memorable, which would give me hope in my present life, and in the future.

My Brothers, My Mom, and I on the Far Right

Home Is Important

I wrote this piece as if I had already had enough of those great memories of home to keep going, keep loving, keep discovering what my own faith is, and live it.

What I know is this: reality is a mix of good and bad. But what it really is, is a series of experiences which allow us to become what we need to become. Without sorrow, we wouldn't be able to comprehend joy. Without bad, we couldn't know good. Without dark, we couldn't comprehend light. The more we fight reality in our lives, the more we will suffer. But there's something important that I've learned about this. Most every experience changes in time. One can never really tell what is going to be next, and curiosity of what is next can be wonderful. One can never predict what wonderful thing might happen, what remarkable person may appear in one's life. And yes, there will be bad days, bad experiences, but they are mixed in with the good.

And so then, if for any reason the word "home" to you is not about being safe, loved, and having wonderful memories, today is the day for you to begin to change that. Now is all there is for you to make your future better than this moment or any other.

Embrace it. Embrace this moment, embrace your life and love it, and fill it with home. Fill it with people who are or will become your family, regardless of blood relations.

Whatever your "home" was in the past, today is the day to make your home everything you hope it will be. Today is the day to reconnect with loved ones, forgive, get together, have a chat, make dinner together, or any number of thousands of other wonderful things to do. Home is not a destination. Home is where your heart really is, clich├ęd as that may sound. If your heart is at peace, home can be in a box as long as you are safe, and know you are loved. Today is the day to make your home.

Life Is a Journey

Along the journey of life, there will be meadows, deserts, mountains, valleys and more. Each has its own beauty, its own experience.

When you think of home, I hope it will be with happiness, filled with lots of wonderful memories.

The Music You Listened to Is in Tickling the Ivories

The piano solo is available in the collection of piano solos.
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      AIDY 6 years ago

      An extremely personal reflective article and accompanying music piece. The images in the video goes along so well with the music. Truly inspiring.

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      Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US

      Thanks, Hugh, for your kind words and for stopping by. Much appreciated.

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      Hugh Williamson 6 years ago from Northeast USA

      "Embrace this moment, embrace your life and love it, and fill it with home."

      This is top shelf stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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      abood. 7 years ago

      daniel you are a magician.. u

      i miss my home.. miss it more now... nothing can help me to express how much i miss it except ur piece of art..

      thanks my friend to share it with us..

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      Daniel Carter 7 years ago from Western US

      Ah! A kindred musician. Softies, aren't we...

      Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving such a great message. My youth was very troubled, but I have found that even in those tortured years, that I have fond memories of home. Not everything is bad in life, and as I gathered the good and add it to my good life now, I feel particularly grateful for the goodness of it all.

      Thank you, so much, my friend.

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      BennyTheWriter 7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Beautiful music, my friend. I appreciated the purity of emotion, the sensitivity, the depth, the thankfulness I heard articulated throughout the piece.

      I also read your words as I listened to the music, and they nearly brought tears to my eyes. I agree; today is truly the day to recall the good times and appreciate what you have in front of you.

      Thanks for sharing your truth, both in words and in music. Simply awesome.

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      Kyle246 7 years ago from United States

      nice video

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      Daniel Carter 7 years ago from Western US

      Lovely for you to come by. Thank you, Hello, hello.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      It is definitely for me and thank you for you wonderful hub.

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      Lori Woods 7 years ago

      The music is so awe inspiring. It was great to see pictures of Elizabeth and Michael as I remembered them. Home is definitely where family and choice friends are. And you are definitely one of those!

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      Daniel Carter 7 years ago from Western US

      Thank you, my friends for stopping by!

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, the music is BeAuTiFul! Nostalgic.... missing home.... I definitely want to buy the sheet music. This is so true: “Without sorrow, we wouldn't be able to comprehend joy. Without bad, we couldn't know good.....”

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      SomewayOuttaHere 7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      That was nice Daniel...thank you....

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Very inspiring Hub, thank you.