I can’t complete this challenge without mentioning music. But to be completely honest, I have responded to this question so many times for essays, scholarships, classes, etc. It’s kind of become rote at this point. I think the reason why Elvis Costello said, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” is because it absolutely is. How do you describe the transcendent? You don’t, you can’t. Heinrich Zimmer famously said, “the best things can’t be told”. If you are a human being who is still alive and are reading this, you probably have many songs which have generated an emotional response for whatever reason; That’s made you feel electric and supernatural. So you know what I’m talking about. Music is the great connector and communicator, and it’s beautiful in that it is what it is.
My sight. Granted, over the years it always seems to decline more and more, but I am so thankful I have it. The other night I was out playing an open mic a blind man came in to experience the show. It was very eye-opening (pun not intended) to witness. I found myself trying to put myself in this man’s shoes: Where did he live? How did he get here? How did he dress himself this morning? What did he eat for breakfast? How did he make it? At the venue, he ordered a tea or coffee and the waitress brought it over to him and had to show him where the table was to set it down on by bringing his hand down to it. He sat turned away from the stage and just intently listened. I found myself wondering how he would pay for his drink, how he would get home…Was he walking, heard the music, and walked towards it and that’s how he found this place? I found it difficult to put myself in his shoes because I couldn’t imagine not relying on my eyes to get me around and do things and go places.
The sun. Sometimes sunshines just feels so good on your skin. I’m not a fan of tanning or anything, but sometimes it’s nice to go outside and just feel that warmth – even if it’s only for a short while. It might swallow our planet whole one day, but for now I’m okay with it 🙂