I have always prided myself on having a broad taste when it comes to music. From gospel, country, pop, and even classical, I enjoy it all. I have had the privilege of being involved in some form of music all of my life. I took group piano classes in elementary school. I played the trombone in high school and went on to own a music store and school in my adult life. I have made many friends and have experienced many enjoyable moments through my music.
Often, when I am driving, I listen to various radio stations. I am always trying to find that perfect tune. Last week, on my way to work, I landed on a “oldies” station. Right after the commercial, Don McLean’s “Starry Starry Night” came on.
I found myself singing at the top of my lungs. It brought back feelings of happiness and nostalgia. Years ago, I met a couple from Nicaragua while working at a piano store in Maryland. She was an accomplished pianist and he had a rich baritone voice. They invited me to their home to share a meal and listen to them sing.
The husband shared the story behind the song, Starry Starry Night–also called “Vincent”–and told me of their own struggles living in the States. I can’t remember their names. However, I do recall they told me they were here illegally and were working hard at being able to stay in the country. They treated me to a night of delightful Latin jazz and a glimpse into their lives which were very different from mine.
If it wasn’t for that particular song playing on the radio, I would have never thought about my Nicaraguan friends. The power of this song brought back an exceptional evening that I had long forgotten. In addition, I was surprised at the level of detail I was able to recall.
Don’t underestimate the power of music. Music has the ability to lift our mood and reduce stress. It allows you to bond with people that are different from you. Above all, for me, it brought back a special experience that made me appreciate the world around me.