I am not one of those people who is instantly comfortable with new technology. I can catch on after a while if shown how enough times, but I don’t “just play around with it until I get it” as my daughter advises, every time I get a new phone. I am impressed however with the quality of music videos on my latest phone. Any song, any time is such a luxury. If one is stuck in my head, a few clicks and I can watch and listen to my heart’s content, or until it stops looping inside my brain – whichever comes first. So the day after Glen Campbell died, I did just that. I wasn’t a huge Campbell fan. I was about 14 or 15 during the height of his popularity and frankly I was more into bubblegum pop rather than country pop, but of course I heard his music. His TV show was on every week and in the days of one TV per house, I watched what my dad wanted to watch and that was anything featuring country music. After Campbell’s death what I really wanted to hear was Glen Campbell playing “Classical Gas”. Somewhere in my memory I had a clear picture of that performance from a long time ago. I didn’t know if he’d ever recorded it, but I searched my phone and there it was! (Several versions actually.) Now that I’m older and wiser I appreciate the musical talent that he had and I remember liking his version better that the original. The video did not disappoint. What a gift to watch him perform once again.
A few days earlier I had a different experience completely void of technology. My husband and I were browsing through an antique mall and I came across a small stack of piano music. I don’t usually pay much attention to that because I have quite a bit of music already. Enough to keep me busy anyway. But I stopped and looked at the stack. There was a Glen Campbell piano book right on top. All the pieces were from 1968 or before and I didn’t have any of those songs. I knew them all. It wasn’t expensive and in good shape, so I bought it and brought it home. I sat it on my piano thinking I’d play through it the next time I had time to play. After the news that he’d passed away, and after I watched the “Classical Gas” video, I sat down at the piano and played the songs. I was grateful I had them because it was a nice little private tribute to a great artist and a reminder of my teenage years. What a coincidence to find that book at that time, just a few days before he died. I sometimes think in this age, we can artificially manifest too easily exactly what we want, when we want it. So few limitations exist compared to the past. I also think that we continue to create in another more esoteric way as well. The results may not be as immediate or as dramatic but for me at least they are a bit gentler on my mind.
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”