Have you ever had that buzz, that spark of energy where from nothing came a flame, kindled by one little ember? Music is one of my embers. It is a stress buster, an energy giver, a backdrop and it is a creative force. As a result, as I begin more and more to understand all the ways it enriches me, I find ways to invite it into my life.

When you reconnect with something really important, that’s how it feels. Like a spark has been lit, an ember long hidden fanned back into life. It is excitement and the desire to know more, do more and get going on it now. It’s a bit like falling in love again.

Finding new ways to bring in an old love

Music is one of my loves.

Recently, as I scrolled through my Facebook feed, a local band I enjoy mentioned a site I had not heard of. Turns out it is international – always appealing to me, SofarSound.com. Created to showcase new artists and bring their music to people who really care about music. It is performed in small, secret locations. Secret, because the locations are people’s homes or offices and are by invite only.

I am intrigued by the simplicity and by the goal to bring musicians closer to audiences that want to hear the music rather than talk through the sets. My immediate thought was – I want to be involved! My apartment is not big enough to host such an event but volunteers are needed. It is possible that I am not the demographic they immediately think of for assisting the cause, but I hope I am not ruled out because of it. Since music doesn’t have age boundaries I think I have a chance to be welcomed into the fold.

I can hardly wait to be a part of our local music scene. To support the artists and to hear great music, connect with others, whatever their ages. It literally does bring that zing of excitement back into my world.

Don’t douse it, fan it

It is a shame that I almost lost this important aspect of my life to the “go along to get along” syndrome.

I was in a relationship in which I chose the wrong battles to fight, or perhaps not enough of them. Music didn’t seem like something I should have to fight for. Instead of allowing and finding opportunities to experience it I almost let it slip away. Make no mistake, I have to take full responsibility for not pursuing this aspect of my life. However as I begin to re-craft my life,  I see the loss it was.

If you are trying to create your bigger life, to reformulate the aspects that will bring you joy for the rest of your life, keep opening up to the embers of your interests. For me it is music. For you it could be building model airplanes or competitive swimming or origami. Whatever it is, find a way to say yes and then step up and enjoy all the fun awaiting you. The embers are there, just waiting for you to give them life once again.

Like everything else, when you say yes to something new, related to an area you love, it opens up new opportunities. Music is going to do that for me, who knows what’s in store for you!

I can’t wait to hear what you have found, leave a comment and let others know what might be awaiting them, if they are only brave enough to say yes!

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