This is a weird month for me. As I've said before, I've never been much of a Christmas holiday mood type of person. I mean, being a Christian I, of course, celebrate and enjoy the meaning and spiritual aspects of the holiday. But i was never one for the music and shopping and all that. To be honest, they always made me somewhat melancholy.
My mom passed away on Christmas day last year so now I actually have a reason to feel the way I do. But to be honest, I'm of mixed emotions. I miss her terribly, but she didn't suffer and she had, as they say a "good death." But still, there are times this month when it's obvious things would be a lot more fun were she around.
So in the midst of my melancholy today, I searched You Tube for some music to lift me. And I came across Louis Armstrong. Here is a man who was, by all accounts, very much loved. He was generous, he was gregarious, and he had fun in life. He is sorely missed, but we are lucky to have his music live on.
The wonderful OldOldLady of the Hills (she calls herself that, although I don't think she's really very old at all) posted recently on her blog (Here In The Hills) that art can have an emotional tug or feeling. She is so right. And that is true of almost any type of art. There is something it can evoke from your deepest self. SOmetimes it's laughter, or sadness, anger or all of the above.
I feel that way when i watch these clips below. I watch them and a part of me is transformed to the audience watching Armstrong get into the groove. I tap my feet and never want his performance to end. It's almost as if he's transcended the stage, and is now part of the music itself. And those around him, those who are performing with him seem equally changed.
So it's a cloudy day today, I have reason to feel a little sad, but Satchmo also give me good reason to smile and be happy.
Enjoy your weekend, and until it comes, have a Happy Friday!