when dropping off donations
at the local salvation army
i was met by
friendly, happy workers
who have struggled
had challenges in their lives
listening to opera music
it clearly brought a lot of joy to them
there was no way to avoid
getting taken in by the music.
“everybody is always in the middle of their own opera.”
as i came upon this window
all i could think of
was that i don’t know what i would do
if he suddenly broke into song as i walked by.
“she’s a hypnotist collector; you are a walking antique.”
antelope antiques, ann arbor, mi usa – fall 2018
what a wonderful surprise
when at my salon
in the midst of the day’s music
‘say my name’ came on
one of the stylists
began singing along
some of the staff
at least smiling if not singing
the space was filled with
song and dance and laughter
a sudden burst of happiness for no reason
the best kind
the woman cutting my hair
asked out loud
“the only thing better than singing is more singing.
image credit: john drysdale, 1978, london, england
aretha performs ‘spirit in the dark’ at the fillmore west – 1971
motown and the whole world will miss you.
come sit a spell
friendly irish pub
everyone is welcome
bring what you like
fiddle guitar heart voice spoons steps drum
join our circle
stay a bit
your magic tunes
pay it forward
will never stop.
music is the movement of sound to reach the soul
for the education of its virtue.