Monday, May 25, 2009

Tapping in

Today is Memorial Day and in cemeteries, city parks, VFW and Legion Halls in big cities and small towns a familiar and sober trumpet tune will sound in the midst of silence. Even though I did not attend a Memorial Day service today, I can easily recall this moment from my youth. For the length of these 30-some notes the gathered community is present in the moment and listening together. Many closed their eyes and shed a tear remembering with gratitude family, friends and countless unknown soldiers who gave their time, energy, and for many, their lives for a cause they believed in.

This haunting melody clears a path to the center of my being. I relax the tensions in my neck and back. My ears and soul drink from the rising and falling of 4 notes in the overtone series. For me, it is a touchstone. What am I doing here? Am I giving back to the world?

The end result is not absolutely clear to me. I do feel I'm on the right path though. When I sing
"When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoiced" (Native American proverb)
I don't get the feeling that my actions are out of sync or avoiding my purpose on this earth.

How about you? What happens when you "Tap" in?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Here I am

Welcome to Points of Light Music.

I'm interested in how transformative music is and specifically the power of community singing. It changes people from the inside out. Gives expression to feelings when we cannot find words to say. Making and sharing music with others weaves us together for a unique and unchangeable moment.

There's more I could say, but this is just the beginning. And it's a very good place to start.

Come and visit. Share your insights, stories and songs if you wish. All are welcome here.