Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tips For Triumphant Living -- Try Something New

Friday, September 15th, my husband and I went to a local concert where we were treated to the Big Band Sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Glenn Miller was before my time. I grew up with Sonny & Cheri, Joan Baez, the Beatles, and The Mama's and the Papa's. So, you might ask, why was I at a Glenn Miller concert? Simply because my cousin's husband is one of the band members, and he provided free tickets.

Sounds shallow, but it isn't really. I'd never met Gary Meggs, a fabulous musician and family member. We've been corresponding via the internet for several years and this was my first opportunity to meet him face to face. After the concert, we had a fun chat over some good food. It was thrilling to spend time with Gary and to catch up on news of relatives who live on the other side of the country. I'm looking forward to seeing more of him and the rest of the family.

I love family, but tonight I want to talk about the concert. The auditorium was packed, mostly with senior citizens--a sharp group of people I might add. They know good music when they hear it. There was a group of older women sitting behind my husband and I. They were talking about the songs they hoped would be played. One woman said exuberantly, "If they play "In the Mood" I'm on my feet." They did and she was. :-)

As I looked around the auditorium young and old, were swaying to tunes like Moonlight Serenade. Some snuggled as they were carried back to the good old days by the chords of String of Pearls. I teared up when I a young man gently sang Danny Boy. Enthusiasm bubbled up inside as I discovered a sound that had captivated an entire generation. And when they played I Know Why I looked at my husband and fell in love all over again. I wanted to get up right then and there and dance. Dance lessons are now on my list of things I'd like to do some day--don't tell my husband. ;-)

For two hours a lot of us forgot our troubles and our aches and pains. We simply felt happy and blessed to be in that place at that time. I haven't enjoyed an evening as much for a very long time. The music was beyond fabulous! And the escape into joy . . . well priceless. I actually purchased a CD and plan to enjoy more of the Glenn Miller sound.

Most of the time we fall into blessings unintentionally. This was one of those times for me. I encourage you to try something new. You just might like it.

Grace and peace to you from God.



  1. I like Glenn Miller songs too! And if your too young to remember them, I certainly am. I don't know how or why, but as a child I used to listen to a cassette tape of Glenn Miller! We'd dance around the lounge room and generally have a good time. Have you seen the movie "The Glenn Miller Story"? It's really good - Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson.

  2. Hi Beth.

    A lot of the songs were familiar to me. I think my mom used to listen to a radio station that played them and of course I love a lot of the old movies, and some of them have Glenn Miller songs.

    I did see the Glen Miller story a long time ago and after the concert thought I'd try to find a copy so I could watch it again.