“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~Plato
My cousins were here for a girl’s beach weekend. Dirt Man and I met them for dinner. As usual there was live music at the park stage outside the restaurant door. To our delight it was a young local talent. This young man started playing guitar at the age of six and began performing at about eight. I think he might be eighteen now.
We were quickly caught up in the music. He played both rock and country. He performed well, but you could see his spirit soar when he was playing/singing rock.
Besides enjoying the music and company, I did what I often do – people watch. It astounds me how music pulls people together.
People of all ages and ethnic groups were dancing and laughing. Happiness flowed through the atmosphere.
It was interesting to watch those dancing for pure delight and those for attention. Some small children stood in front of the stage swaying and tapping their feet while some teenage girls would throw themselves into some frenzied movements and run off giggling and shrieking. There was one particular couple with a small child. This family put on quite a show. The man and woman were obviously into one another while the little boy strummed his invisible guitar with all the gesticulations of a real rock star. There were a few women who totally threw themselves into the moment, hair and hips swinging with arms wildly waving. Most were women dancing with other women while the men watched. I only saw one other man dancing…he appeared much like he was on a first dating trying to make a good impression. In and out of the crowd was yogurt cup character/mascot who danced with anyone who would oblige. There was an older woman behind me who had her moment of fun. She danced with the yogurt cup and took a picture…and this lady could move! Behind her on the wall were her friends and family who were laughing their butts off and videoing them. That yogurt cup didn’t have a thing on that woman, she could move!
Oh, what fun these people had. And what fun we had as spectators. Times like these are ones I wish I wasn’t quite so reserved. They seemed so free and content. They were truly living in the moment. Perhaps I was as well, just in my own way. I suppose how we react to music (emotionally or physically) is based on our individual personalities and perhaps upbringing.
Everyone connects to one form of music or another. Music draws people in, lifts spirits, and touches souls.
It was with great joy and pride to watch Grant Austin Taylor perform. It is truly a blessing to see someone share his gift with others. His enthusiasm spread throughout the audience. It was one happy outdoor venue!
I hope you get the opportunity to have fun with your family and friends tomorrow…and I hope you mix in a bit of music!
Happy Independence Day!