This year of being 64 has not been what I had imagined for my future. For example, I had not imagined being widowed, being isolated so much from family and friends, not being able to participate in any singing or musical activities, and seeing such terrifying acts of violence and unrest happen in the world, our country and even in my little neighborhood.
Thankfully, there have been positives, too: So far my family members have all stayed well. We were able to have our Family Reunion and get our latest Family picture taken. We have enjoyed holding Church meetings in our own homes -- where we can SING as part of our worship! We have been revisiting and developing old interests and talents. And we are amazed at the advances in technology that allow us to continue working, going to school and meeting together over extremely large band width.
After spending so much time alone with myself these days, I have had the opportunity to look back over the things I have done and witnessed in my lifetime. I was born the year Disneyland opened - 1955. Television was brand new. Baby Boomers were starting their families, building little homes, and trying out all sorts of new technologies for the home. The Space Race was heating up. I got a front row seat for this. My Dad worked for NASA and brought home samples of all the newest inventions they were creating for the astronauts to use in space. Who knew so many of those items would soon show up on the grocery store shelves? My childhood was an exciting and fast moving time!
Changes in technologies happen so routinely now, we hardly get excited about what might be new. We are absolutely bombarded by advertisements everywhere competing for our business, so we try to ignore all that noise. We don't even have a sense of wonder at new advances. We simply expect advances to happen and they had better work! But, because of the Pandemic, many people are opting for a much quieter, slower pace right now.
Apparently, the musically-minded have still been out there looking for new music to perform. It has been interesting to me that the music from my catalogue that has continued to sell over this time of Pandemic have been the Vocal Solos and Duets and Easy Piano solos and duets. (I guess people are really still enjoying doing music in their homes! Kind of helps renew your faith in humanity, doesn't it?) Some of the best selling ones have been the songs from Disney movies and the Beatle songs. Who knows, maybe I will write a few more...
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