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September 11, 2008 / alunatunes

September 11- Grace Notes


My sons Chris and Cory Brackett

My sons Chris and Cory Brackett

 

SEPTEMBER 11

GRACE NOTES

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”- The Talmud

In musical notation a grace note denotes musical ornaments, flourishes that are not neccessary to the overall melody of a piece. The term grace note is sometimes colloquially used in a metaphorical sense to indicate concerns which are of secondary importance to that which is of primary concern.

For musicians, the constant regime of writing, rehearsing and performing sometimes take a backseat to family and friends. We tend to be so wrapped up in our own inspiration and dreams, we forget about those around us, particularly those who are most supportive and most loved. Musicians are not in this alone. Very often, a husband or wife is working a job with pay and insurance attached specifically to take care of our material needs as we sow our field of dreams. We’re able to pursue our dreams through the help of others.

September 11 will forever be impressed in our minds as the day thousands went to work and never came home. This happens on a small scale every day in every country. If the unthinkable should happen to you as you’re traveling in a van or on an airplane, how would you be remembered? If you could drop in on your own eulogy, what would others say and sincerely mean about you? It should be our goal in life to live to the best of our ability, to be good parents, children,partners, friends,managers, agents and bandmates. Our objectives should include bringing love and laughter to others, to listen intently and without judgement. We should strive to weave the fabric of life with thoughtful, kind consideration. Our noblest efforts and most pristine plan should be simply to live well and do what we can to help others live well.

Be kind in your dealings, especially with loved ones who are supporting your endeavors emotionally, physically and financially. Be sure you are not considering their help with secondary importance. Many times, musicians are not totally understood, and those who stand beside us in blind faith are far and few between. They tolerate us without really knowing or understanding us.

Robert Frost said,”In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Be sure you’re writing your most loving notes on the staff of daily life in bold and meaningful ways. Be sure your presence on this earth and in the lives of others is strong and true and never reguarded as the ringing trail of a grace note.

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  1. tasithoughts / Sep 11 2008 1:34 pm

    Thank you for reminding us what should be in our hearts today.

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