I had written the collection of poetry about music, The Music Is Written, in 2003 and never thought about publishing it. It had just been for my on enrichment and reflection. All the poems sat in a folder untouched, but followed me around the country as I tried to figure out what direction my life was going in and where I would settle. It survived the coldest winter in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where I added the poem about fish appearing to listen to the flute I had carved at an Indian reservation in Ashville, North Carolina. This was the flute that inspired the poem Indian Flute – The River Of Tunnels and the one I played at the battlefield of Gettysburg in tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives there. The collection was also a manuscript that came south and was stranded in Jacksonville, Tennessee where I ran out of gas, and found I had left my wallet in Asheville. Then it accompanied me all the way to New Orleans, Louisiana and survived the massive devastating flood of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Chompin’ To The Beat was an attempt to find solace and renewal through nature’s own music after such tragedy, as was Summer Swamp and The City’s Hum on return to New Orleans.
However, I still was not inspired to publish it until I had one more brush with the thought of death. In 2008 I was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, which included two metastasized tumors in my liver, three on the spine and two in the brain. The doctors did not believe I would make it, and so I thought I should finally publish the book to leave something behind. I wanted it to be for others to grow in appreciation of the beautiful gift of music, and the time they have on this earth to enjoy it, as I have.
The poems explore four facets of music: 1) How it affects the musician and listeners. 2) How it is inter-related with nature and civilization. 3) How it affects our emotions. 4) How it originates from something profound and eternal.
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Writing assignment: Complete a story or essay that you have left hanging and then send it out to be published. Most important assignment: Do not get discouraged; keep sending it places.
Music assignment: Create a simple instrument and compose a piece in tribute of something or someone you honor.
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