Counting Blessings

December is difficult for former musicians. Too many memories of past concerts and repertoire. Michelle and I have both felt disconnected this year (like everyone else) because for as long as we can remember, we have spent this season making music to celebrate the holidays.

Recently Michelle and I have begun to mindfully be cognizant of the good things in our lives rather than dwell on the bad things – which 2020 has tried to make everyone do. I have to recognize that my impact on people’s lives has been more significant than I tend to acknowledge. 

Recently I have been tagged or copied or directly messaged on varying social media by former students expressing delight over some musical performance or performer or composition.  It humbles me every time it happens because I so seldom acknowledge the impact my teaching had on their lives.

To all my former students: Thank you for trusting me to be part of your life. I end with this link sent by Nick Case – a member of Master Chorale at SDSMT and part of Dakota Voices during its heyday

2 thoughts on “Counting Blessings

  1. If the world ends tomorrow, please know you mattered. You mattered to me. You made a difference. You made me better. I will never have enough to thank you for all you did for me. I love you and Michelle always. Merry Christmas, friends.

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