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What Music do you Live By? Memories, People & places; Protecting the environment
Is the World your Oyster?
The World was Ours
We thought the world was ours, didn't we? Those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s had the best of both worlds. We had the traditions and values of our parents and we had the amazingly new world of ground-breaking music, barrier-breaking fashions and shockingly changing life-styles and morals.
It was a great time for many and one of those was me! An idyllic childhood was mine. Music filled my soul, from Douane Eddy and the Everley Brothers to The Beatles and Motown. I learnt the Twist, the Mashed Potato and much much more. I also had the added benefit of my talented mother's piano playing so Chopin and Rachmaninov floated round the house often.
I thought the world was good. I thought everyone was kind and friendly. I could go out into the countryside with my friends and be home for tea without a care in the world and without my parents worrying.
Then I grew up and found out that the world was not such a good place, that there was evil side by side with wonder, that some people were not kind and could hurt you terribly.
Music was a Thread
Throughout it all, though, there was the music. I loved all sorts, mostly the beats that made me want to dance my feet off.
Music was so different; it advanced so quickly. It shocked the older generation and we loved shocking them! My parents were 'fab'; they embraced most of it and my mother loved the harmonies and melodies of The Beatles.
Music keeps us together. Sounds evoke memories; memories of the good and the bad, the loved and the lost, home and the outdoors. I lived by it and now I only have to listen to a favourite song and the images of people and places swim around my head, palpable in retrospect.
Music, Music, Music!
Music To Live By
Sitting listening to a string of hits,
Wondering if the words all fit.
Were they cliches, basic, naff?
One hit wonders just a gaff?
Were they basic, raw, mundane?
Did they drive our Dads insane?
I don’t care, cos they’re my youth,
remind me of those record booths.
All those words I memorised,
singers that I idolised,
take me back to places dear,
people loved and landscapes clear.
Funny how a note or two
brings it all back into view.
Funny how those people lost
emerge and make us count the cost.
Do they have the same heart-race
when that song recalls a face?
Recalls a place, a time, a feeling
when all the senses went a-reeling,
when we thought the world was wondrous,
before it pulled the rug from under us.
Just naïve and having fun;
our life had only just begun.
Importance of Family, Friends & Surroundings
Then we found life’s not all play.
It required some work to pay
for all those things we took for granted,
all those ideas we had planted
in our brains when life was good,
when Mum and Dad gave us our food.
Where was the music to keep us alive?
Where had it gone... How could we thrive?
Our time was filled with things mundane,
staring from the windowpane.
Then one day, reality spoke,
we from all those dreams awoke,
realised that we had a purpose,
could take on what life threw at us.
New music arrived to savour,
lyrics with a stronger flavour.
New experiences beckoned;
we embraced them every second.
Now we review our past endeavours,
realise life is not for ever
but that - mostly - we lived well,
well enough at least to tell
those that follow to take care
of our world and to beware!
Make sure there is something left,
that our offspring aren’t bereft
of the beauty nature shows
and the bounties our earth grows.
Keep the music and the dances
but make sure we don’t take chances.
Take care of our friends and kin,
spare a smile, help others win
when their lives are down and low,
when they have no place to go.
Give them music to remember,
so they don’t die in the embers
of a struggle hard to fight
when you’re little, lost in fright,
when their young hearts broke in two,
when they didn’t know what to do.
Music feeds the moral soul;
give them some before they’re old.
Make Your Voices Heard!
Our world needs the light and love
to succeed and, hand in glove,
we can change the greed and malice,
we don’t want a poisoned chalice.
Our descendants need the same,
to hear the music, recall names,
so that they too see the faces
and the old familiar places,
so that they feel those emotions,
conjure up those lost love potions.
Can you do it? Can you sing?
Don’t just sit and listen! Fling
your arms out wide, embrace the earth,
think about what it’s all worth!
Don’t just listen to the noises,
go and play, be one of voices
reaching, singling loud and clear,
make the music now - and here.
Music old and music young,
sing and play till life is done,
just as long as you can see
we rule over destiny.
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