I had an amazing experience with my phlebotomist today.
No, seriously. And I’ll bet most of us could not claim that. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
We were talking – wait a minute. Strike that … He was distracting me from what he was about to do in sticking me with a needle. How? He asked me what my outside interests are, what I “do”, when I’m not getting needles stuck into me. I told him the usual, “Well I’m the President of this and I’m on the board of that,” blah blah blah.
Then I told him about my passion for music and how I’m a “recovering” drummer and learning to play guitar. This sent our conversation in a whole new (and much more amazing) direction. He told me how his wife got him a new trumpet and lessons for his recent birthday. (Notice that the two come as one gift.)
But here’s where the magic came into the conversation.
He said he used to be into just rock music. Then, one day while in the library at college, he decided to look through their music section. He stumbled upon a Miles Davis CD and listened. And he listened again, again and again. Four times all the way through the entire CD he really listened.
The music moved him in a very poignant way, right to his soul and he’s never forgotten that moment. It changed his life, influenced his music tastes and his understanding of the power of music.
That reminded me of another friend who told me about hearing The Doors first album at college. He was moved as well and the memory of just sitting and listening – really hearing the music – always stayed with him.
For myself I remember several albums that affected me. Moody Blues & Days of Future Past, RUSH’s Moving Pictures, William Ackerman’s Conferring With the Moon, Dire Straits Brothers in Arms and others.
There is sublime power within music that stirs the soul, creates indelible memories, strengthens friendships and shared experiences and even distracts the haughty and prideful from the dreadful phlebotomist’s poke.
May I suggest that each of us pause and pull out one of those treasured recordings this week or this month and just sit and listen, really listen once more?
Then come back here and share with us your experience?