Walking in to Joe's Pub late for the show after a long train ride and some searching for the number of the unfamiliar building ... 460, 417, ahh...425, I follow the waitress to a small table just to the right of the stage. The show is in progress. I smile apologetically to the woman singing on stage ... sorry I am late, but so grateful to be there for the event. She smiles back. What a wonderful gift, the ethereal sound of her voice.
Ashley Davis is debuting her new album (I am dating myself, but I still think of CD's as albums), called Songs of the Celtic Winter. Her mother has been one of my regular students for a long time and introduced me to her music, as it was similar to the music I had played in class by a wonderful yogi/musician named Michael Hewitt.
"I know why the audience is in the dark," I think to myself as she plays a beautiful song and tears run down my face. I don't wipe them thinking it will be less obvious to those around me. I wonder how many other people in the audience are crying too. I imagine it could be many.
That's what we're here for, isn't it? Along with just being entertained, we're here to be moved - to feel our emotions! Once in a while, singing the blues just makes us feel better. Knowing that someone else out there has sung the same song in their heart gives us comfort. Music has a wonderful way of allowing us to process our feelings and letting us know we are not alone in the process. I heard a quote yesterday in yoga class by Maya Angelou that said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." I want to share this with my kids.
The picture above was taken at about 10 o'clock on my way home. I was surprised to see a mom and her boy at that hour on the train apparently doing homework. I thought about how the academic focus for our kids misses so much of what they will truly need to know in life:
Thank you, thank you, musicians of the world for helping us to connect to our feelings , and allowing the space and time to feel and move through them. And especially for letting us know that in times of trouble, we are not the only ones singing the blues.
-- Frances Taylor-Brown
Jason Ray Brown
Is Yoga an Inherently Balanced Practice?, by Jason Brown