I cannot tell you when I first fell in love with music, but I can tell you about the sounds coming from my parents’ home when I was barely old enough to say their names. I hear various melodies, songs, artists who sing with their souls naked, handed to us unashamed, and I am instantly transported to a time when all I had to worry about was which pair of sneakers I would wear with an outfit for school and instantly, I fall in love with music all over again. It has been my savior when I could not pull myself from the depths of strongholds much too heavy on my heart. It is quintessential perfection; drenched in hallelujah and amen. I live for it.
There isn’t a battle I cannot win if Marvin, Luther, Frankie (and his buddies, Maze), Aretha, Dionne, Patti, The Roots, Mos Def, & Chaka are with me. They strengthen my worn soul when I feel I have had too much from one day. And, if that fight drags on to the next, I get better equipped with Erykah, Jill, The Spinners, The Four Tops, Soul II Soul, The Doobie Brothers, and The Clark Sisters. I armor myself and allow the battle to commence. I know the end result and I am not easily defeated. I move through the days knowing that a tune will come along and rescue me from the vice grip of the corporate world. It won’t allow me to drown.
I can depend on music to sweep me off of my feet and if I should ever forget how to walk, it’ll carry me, realign my footing. I look forward to that and I am never disappointed, not ever. There is no happier place than in music’s hold, enveloped by its calming arms.
Music is my heart and soul,
More precious than gold.
Marvin Gaye had it right when he said the above lines. If I had to describe music, I’d piggyback and quote the legend. Life can be full of vicious seas, insurmountable disasters, too-tall mountains, and creepy little molehills. I fight them all with music. It’s the heaviest artillery I can lock and load, aim, and fire without hurting anyone.
Author’s Note: I’ve gotta thing for music. If I could, I’d marry it, I’d set it up for life. We’d bask in happily ever after and share it with whoever we meet.