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"Go to the music..."

By Remy Benoit

That is what a friend tells me when things seem confused, cruel, unrelenting, or just plain fussin' at me!

So, while cleaning up a bit today, I put on some oldies by Pete Seeger, and the question came to mind:

Have we as a nation forgotten who we are?

Yes, there are those 'kisses sweeter than wine,' but there is also a proud heritage of a Union Movement, of resistance to monarchy, of revolution, of pulling together through hard times.

Times are hard today for many, but there is not much pulling together.

Times are hard for soldiers and their families, but outside of those on the inside, there is not much pulling together.

Seems he is right - we need to go to the music, our own national music as well as the music of our youth, or dreams, our visions. Might be a good place to pass some time and ask:

Are we who we want to be today?

Have we forgotten that This land is your land, this land is my land. or do we need to listen to Woodie Guthrie to remember?

Try this book Don Campbell: The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit.

Read it, and then sit down and let the old tapes play. Perhaps we need to remember.

All comments, always, welcomed!

We will be sharing more on what we have forgotten about ourselves very soon.


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