Play A New Tune
by Joe Bonura, CSP
Waiting To Be Played
Are you a vinyl record waiting to be played?
After our last move, I rediscovered my vinyl record collection.
With the advent of cassettes, CDs, and now MP3s, my
extensive vinyl record collection was relegated to the basement
storage area because we did not have room to display them upstairs.
A Man Cave
As soon as we were settled in our new home, I quickly staked out
a Man Cave area in the basement where I could display
my 3,000 books and over 100 vinyl record albums. I purchased a record
player at a charity auction, and I was now set!
The phonograph gave me the opportunity to reacquaint myself to
the great recordings in my collection. During my morning exercise
time in my lair, I enjoyed the splendor of Beethovens nine
symphonies conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
As the phonograph needle touched the vinyl record, the sound of
the two masters filled the room, and it immediately dawned on me
that the music had been there, buried in my basement, waiting to
be released by the needle.
The Basement Of Your Mind
Is there brilliant music inside of you waiting to be played? When
did you discard the phonograph of enthusiasm and store the music?
It is time to look inside the basement of your mind and rediscover
the excitement of accomplishment. It is time to stop living with
your brakes on and to move toward something new and exciting: change
your jaded attitude toward life and wake up the dormant song that
is waiting for you to drop the needle.
Let The Music Out
Stephen Foster, song writer and composer of My Old Kentucky
Home, wrote over two hundred and fifty songs, and yet, on
a cold January night at Belleview General Hospital in New York City,
he died because of a drinking problem. A friend claimed his body
and found a slip of paper in his pants pocket with the words of
an unfinished song. Stephen Foster died with some of his music still
in him. You too have music inside of you waiting to be played, but
are you listening?
Never Too Old
Grandma Moses, famous for her paintings of rural America, began
painting when she was well into her seventies. In a thirty year
span, she painted more than 3,600 canvasses. Not bad for someone
who did not start her inner journey till late in life! She became
so famous in her heyday that at 88 years old, she was named young
woman of the year by Mademoiselle Magazine. On her 100th birthday,
she was again honored by the New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller
when he declared her special day, Grandma Moses Day
in New York City. If she had not picked up a paintbrush and started
painting, we would have missed the art of Grandma Moses, and her
work would have only remained in the basement of her mind.
Never Too Young
Bill Gates has been listed as one of the richest men in the world.
When Gates was just thirteen years old, he became interested in
computer technology. He would eventually turn that interest into
one of the worlds greatest fortunes. Throughout his brief
time at Harvard, he spent most of his time working with computers
instead of attending class, and it was at Harvard that he became
friends with Paul Allen. In November of 1975, Bill Gates and Paul
Allen formed a company called Micro-Soft (later to become known
as Microsoft). We all know the rest of this success story. It is
not age that determines where you will thrive and prosper; it is
finding your passion, working toward a goal, and then beginning
Now Is The Right Time
When should you start this new journey of discovery? Take a clue
from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but
know what to do with it. I ask not for the great, the remote, and
the romantic. Give me insight into today, and you may have the antique
and future worlds.
Begin right now. Find your own Cave. Listen to the
music within, and play a new tune.
© 2011 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.