I noticed a fantastic phenomenon as my children were exchanging gifts this Christmas: much of it centered around music – CD’s, downloads, band T-shirts, concert tickets, etc. Though they range in age from 10 to 24, this was common ground for them all.
I also noticed – while I was crying tears of joy over the symphony tickets that three of them gave me (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue performed by the Phoenix Symphony!) and my husband was perusing his new Rolling Stones book – that the kids were all burbling about bands I’d never heard of. I love their audacious sense of musical exploration. In fact, they’ve inspired me to begin an adventure of my own.
Actually, I suppose it would be more honest to say that my kids have re-inspired me. I’ve wanted to embark upon this adventure ever since I gave my husband the book, “1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die” for our 25th wedding anniversary. I thought we could spend our next 25 years working our way through it. My husband and I always exchange gifts we’d like to receive ourselves; I give him books, he gives me cooking utensils – with the exception of that particular instance, when he gave me a trip to Ireland. Utensils or not, his gifts usually top mine. Neither of us, however, have made any progress in the book. Until today.
Today is my birthday. I am now the age my father was when he died. Not only am I struck, once again, by how young he was, but I’m amazed at how I’ve seen God do so much through a life cut so short. My siblings and I – the abundant bounty and adventures of our lives – are evidence that God does indeed “restore the years that the locust have eaten.” (Joel 2:25) Our father’s years were short, but they have been restored through the lives of his children and grandchildren – at least that’s the way I see it. For me, this has meant a life rich in music and books. That is why this book – about music – is the perfect capstone for a birthday which is for me wrapped up in no small amount of bewilderment and blessing.
I’ve added a new page to my blog, “Song Journal.” It is in no way intended as an alternative to Tom Moon’s book. It is, however, based upon his interesting and inspiring recommendations. I hope you’ll join me on this adventure.