Hi readers. As part of my decision to experiment with new ways to present my blog, I have decided to delve into the writing of reality based fiction. My first story below thus attempts to revive some interest in live music as a positive therapy to deal with our current isolation amid the current Corona pandemic.
Another day of wishing your life away does not seem to be an appealing option to Jason as he slumps lazily in his easy chair watching vicarious thrills of cable TV. For our musical genius misses the spontaneous thrill of playing live music now as the lingering medical crisis worsens While humans debate the controversy of whether or not to wear a mask, he most of all suffers in silence indoors with his awkward inability to play the trombone on stage for others anymore.
Sadly, our former virtuoso musician can no longer bellow out those high notes or pedal tones that he once played with ease. Instead he lets the oxidation of time take its course as the once shiny bell of his instrument now rusts badly in its case these days. Even if Jason could play again, he simply lacks the physical stamina now to practice hard enough at his accustomed standard of musical performance.
Yet it makes no sense for him to sulk like a spoiled juvenile who can never “get his way.” For this frustrated artist must realize that there are so many other talented musicians that are currently grounded from playing live shows now. In today’s “lockdown” times, these artists would have a better chance of making money from harvesting a field of healthy sassafras than booking a concert “gig” right now.
Face it. We are all merely mortal and must endure a runny nose, sprained ankle, or upset stomach once in awhile. Some of my teachers once told me to eat an apple every day and everything will turn out okay. The question remains whether Jason will choose to see a ripe apple or rotten apple in his current state of musical crisis. Maybe I would be wise to do the same. Wait a minute! What’s that beautiful carnival of sounds coming from beyond my patio now? I feel like I need to dance, Ruth. Can you twirl around with me a little?
The ending came as a surprise to me. I had then an immediate feeling to dance.
First of all, I love the image of you and Ruth dancing! ❤️
Your story reflects why so many are miserable during the pandemic. As someone going through cancer treatment the pandemic is just another roadblock on my journey to becoming well again. Quite honestly, there are days when I have to hold my temper when perfectly healthy people are griping about being cooped up. I think to myself, why are they complaining? They are healthy and wouldn’t that be wonderful!? How can they be so miserable when I’m vomiting and stuck in my house alone? Yet I still push forward and am delighted that I’m still alive. We can’t be babies just because of Covid-19. We have to choose to find joy in every moment we can. And when a haze of my nausea clears, I have been known to dance and twirl my way into the kitchen, or down the hall to the bathroom.
The other day on my flat screen tv I treated myself to watching on YouTube the 1969 rooftop Concert where the Beatles sang Get Back and other hits. There in my living room, with my bald little chemo head, I danced along to John, Paul, George and Ringo and felt wonderful. We need to find our inner happiness whenever or wherever we can.
Thanks for your words of wisdom! Keep on dancing!
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‘Like’ is simply not good enough a response to your uplifting comment Lesley. Thank you for making my day. And thank you, Ufsman, for commenting over on my site so that I found you.
Dancing for real or in your mind can be very be very therapeutic now. I can imagine yourself having your gifted students getting up to dance in class. Funny that I recall that I tried that technique a few times in middle school teaching and the principals disdained such class noise disruptions.
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Our imagination is a beautiful thing. I too had students use their imaginations to help develop their descriptive writing skills. But, I also used creative movement and improvisational theater techniques to give them a better understanding of sensory imagery. So yes, I had my students get up and dance quite often. The fabulous aspect of dancing is that everyone seems to smile when they move. It’s a joyful experience. So yes, whether it’s real or just in one’s head it’s glorious!
And children who hear music just naturally sway in rhythm to the sound. There’s nothing quite as uplifting!
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Excellent post and keep on dancing!
Don’t you miss the trombone blaring in the house?