When I was a teenager, my parents spent a couple of hours every evening tending to my grandmother; first at her home and then in a nursing home. I spent that time blissfully at home – alone. I would usually play the piano and sing. I made believe that I was performing in some huge concert hall and everyone was cheering and applauding for me. It was great fun. Getting the material however, was a bit of a chore. There wasn’t extra money for sheet music or even records so my only resource was the radio. I didn’t play piano by ear, but I could pick out chords to just about any song I heard. So when I heard a new song that I liked, I would have to wait to catch it on the radio again and again to write down the words (I only got a line or two each time) and memorize the melody. Sometimes it would take weeks to get it completed. Then I would sing it over and over and write the chords into the lyrics as I found them on the piano. It was hard and sometimes frustrating work but I soon had several pretty impressive notebooks full of songs. Today things are different. If I like a song on the radio, within minutes I can hear it again, download it and burn a CD. I don’t play the piano now like I did then, though. Maybe music is just too readily available in our high tech world. When I had to work for it, it meant so much more. It seems anything that comes too easy, just isn’t as much fun.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”