A few years ago I was feeling sorry for myself as I lay on the floor in the living room dealing with back spasms and a hip subluxation. I had been down in the dumps for weeks prior to this due to the recent passing of my beloved dog, QTPi. In short I was a mess emotionally and physically. Feeling powerless, I turned on the TV and there on the screen was a high school friend of mine playing the piano on an episode of Storytellers. The next thought that popped into my mind was “Hey, Mo! Thank you for your message of healing love.” Every note he played and every glimpse of his handsome face lifted me up, helped me to breathe deeply, and the back spasms stopped. Thanks to the internet it was easy to send him a message: “Hey, Mo, thank you for your message of healing love. You were there when I needed a friend. Every note you play really does reach out and affect others in a positive way. Keep up the good work!”
Music is powerful. There is a soundtrack for our lives such that the first few notes of a song may bring you back to a point in time and stir all of the emotions that you felt at that moment in time. Seeing Mo on TV brought back a flood of fun memories from high school and college when our life paths criss-crossed. Friends, events, and music. Always the music. He and his band played at many of our high school dances. At 16 he told me he hoped to some day play with Earth, Wind & Fire so I was not surprised when he did just that for 8 years. Mo is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who has toured and recorded with some pretty big names around the world. To me he is a high school track team friend and fellow person with pain.
Earlier this year he was the Music Director and played a couple of instruments on the Bette Midler Divine Intervention tour. Visiting with Mo at the show in San Jose, I was able to return the favor by sharing of pain management tips with him. Decades of lifting equipment, performing and travel have taken a toll on his body. So I brought him a small gift of a spiky massage ball and showed him how to use it to release some of the back pain we have in common. It is small effective so a great travel companion. He loved it and I was thrilled that when I saw him three months later at the end of the tour he was still happily using the same ball.
As a kid I had music lessons (piano, guitar, clarinet, flute, choir, etc.) back when music was a regular part of the public school curriculum. Sadly I never excelled at any of theses so I never became a professional musician. Sigh. Lucky for me that there are many talented musicians amongst my friends, family and acquaintances. Each of these connections brings joy and healing to my life and I hope to be able to share some of these connections with you in future blogs.
The playlist for this blog is:
- What’d I Say, Ray Charles
- Boogie Wonderland, Earth Wind & Fire
- Shining Star, Earth Wind & Fire
- Together Again, Janet Jackson
- Beautiful, Christina Aguilera
- Keep On Singin’ My Song, Christina Aguilera
- Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Michael Jackson
- Man in The Mirror, Michael Jackson
- Pick Up The Pieces, Average White Band
- Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler