Cyndi Palmer: From pain comes beauty
September 12, 2008
It is remarkable how much beauty can come from pain. Like the spring thaw after the freeze of winter, life’s cycles, tribulations and triumphs continue.
Much of the art world has come from both ” poems, paintings, and especially lyrics. You know those songs that make you think, man that guy was sad somethin’ fierce. Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” is one of those, and I can’t even listen to Air Supply.
What respect the songwriter’s words deserve, the painter’s brush, the writer’s pen. Life sparkles in a well-captured landscape painting just as in old memories resurfaced when we lose someone special.
People like One Time keyboardist “Craigy T,” who said goodbye to this life and his friends on his birthday last year, Sept. 6. He had so many good friends. Most were spread out that day this year, some in Kentucky for Craigstock East, some supporting Stefan who is touring with Outformation in Nebraska. No matter where his friends found themselves, the tender anniversary did not go unnoticed by their collective, kind-hearted souls.
I’d like to say I’ve seen more beauty than pain but it’s hard to figure out the math when I see beauty in so much. Maybe you thought you made a bad choice back in the day, but that day may have actually been a pinpoint to a happy point in your life you’d never want to give up.
I had a friend who remarked just last week how an ex-girlfriend led him astray when he was a young man pursuing a big career. But, I said, that bad path led him to the Fraser Valley and he was as happy as a fish swimming in the river, so there’s no telling what would have happened had he not made that “mistake.”
Life is funny that way, and I tend to take it one day at a time. Time is precious, the hummingbirds are probably already enjoying siestas in Mexico and the ducks around the canal are getting restless.
Warm up those chilly nights with some good live music somewhere, the population may be dropping (with snowbirds packing up) but the entertainment continues. Mark your calendars for jazz funk band On the One playing at the Pub Tuesday, Sept. 16.
They’ve come all the way from San Diego, Calif. and the excitement was building at press time for the Wapiti Jazz Quintet performance in Grand Lake with some On the
One members, including Andy Irvine and Brad Pregeant. Also, don’t forget the Granby Farmer’s Market that continues every Friday afternoon into October.
When you are out and about, there’s a certain sister of mine who’s in line for some birthday spankings. Hey ” don’t empathize with her, our older brother used to chase me down the street until he got his chance on my birthdays. Love ya sissy-poo.
Food for thought: “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius. “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” – August Wilson.
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