-Ludwig van Beethoven
Music is a funny ol' thing.
(Feel free to quote me on that...!!)
In Woody Point, no less!
In the Heritage Theatre, no less!
Accommodates about 150 people, no less! Well, sometimes less. But not often these days!
It was one of the best performances I ever heard in my life. And he told a story that night that struck a chord with me.
He talked about his own Dad, and how his Dad used to play the fiddle at wakes in Ireland...slow, sad tunes that saw lots of tears shed. His Dad told Tommy that the songs weren't to make people sad, but to draw the sadness out of them. Nice. I am a lover of sad songs, for that very reason.
I am also a lover of happy songs. Often a nice pick-me-up following the catharsis of a sad song.
My own Dad had a close connection to music. As did his Mom. I think of them both when I play 'Keep on The Sunny Side', a song that I sing to remind myself that happiness can be increased by the active process of focusing on the positive. This is a philosophy that they both shared. Also nice.
Keep On The Sunny Side
There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view
Keep on the sunny side
Always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day
it will brighten all the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life