The bride was radiant as she walked down the aisle on her proud father’s arm. Together, they advanced, slowly and in step, to the sound of …. nothing. Pachelbel’s Canon had been silenced forever. Mendelssohn’s wedding march was like an old, faded photograph in the world’s collective memory.
We have had to learn to live without many important things recently, but thankfully music is not one of them. We can’t hug our grandchildren or our elderly parents. We can’t invite friends over for dinner or even casually run out to the store for a missing ingredient in a recipe. It is making us all take a step back and reflect on just how important those things are to us. But we still have music. I don’t know what could possibly happen to take it away from us. But then again, a few short weeks ago we never imagined that COVID19 would steal so much from us, including precious lives.
Thinking about a world without music is surreal. Leonard Cohen’s Halleljuah – gone. The Beatles? Just four guys who needed a haircut (like a lot of us right now). How strange would it be to see the opening credits of Friends without hearing the Rembrandts sing “I’ll Be There For You” or the The Big Bang Theory without the Bare Naked Ladies singing the theme?
Thankfully, music is alive and well. I can crank up Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” to help me zip through housework. On Saturdays evenings, my husband and I can listen to a radio show featuring greats from the past like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, the Glen Miller Orchestra and more as we sip our wine and prepare dinner.
We shouldn’t wait until we are threatened with losing something before realizing how much it means to us. So put on your favourite song, turn up the volume and enjoy!