I took a Lyft ride the other day, and I had a chat with a driver who does music therapy for a living. We got to talking about the beauty and power behind music. Slight nuances in songs – for example the strings in this track – can lift your mood up, and take you from being in a negative mood, to living in gratitude.
When he dropped me off at Starbucks, I began to think of how much of a blessing it is to have the sense of hearing. I couldn't even begin to imagine what I would be doing with my life if I was deaf. And as they typically do, my thoughts began to travel to how avant-garde jazz musicians changed the way that music is perceived today.
If jazz musicians in the fifties didn't improvise, hit some notes off-key, or try out some time signatures that are typically out of the norm, thousands of artists like Jasper Staal wouldn't be creating music this magical. So rather than complaining about the things I don't have today, I'm going to stay thankful for the gift of hearing, along with the bounty of other things I'm fortunate to have.