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My Life With Music

I love music. All music. There are very few exceptions.

By Denise E LindquistPublished 7 months ago Updated 7 months ago 4 min read
Top Story - May 2023
My Life With Music
Photo by Simon Noh on Unsplash

First off, I have to admit, music has taken a back seat in my current life. Just as movies have. Reading and writing are taking way more of my time than ever. I have always read a lot, just haven't always written so much.

So, according to my cover sign, does that mean I have no life?

I went to a concert in Chicago, Illinois, about 6 or so hours from me in March of 2023. Would I have gone without a friend guilting me into going? Probably not. I didn't even know Paulo Nutini! I heard he was on an eight-year hiatus, so that may or may not explain that.

I was in awe at the concert.

He has the biggest fans ever. I was at a Pink concert, she has a great show and her fans were not all singing and bopping along with her. It appeared to me that his fans knew the words to every song, even his new songs that he had only written recently!

Pink has a great show. She was on a bed singing above the audience, she was flying through the air over everyone singing, and she was singing with her child on stage. Great music, great time. It reminded me of times when I took my children to work.

My son reported to his dad that his mom only had 4 customers. So funny! I scheduled only who I had to see as a therapist, but that was what he took away from going to work with his mom. That is about all that I have to compare myself to Pink.

I would like to think my interest in music was support for my three children as they were all three first chairs in the high school band. Two played trombone and one played the trumpet. That meant, school concerts, marching band, etc. Music is still important in their life.

Me and my daughter at the Pink concert.

I enjoy attending Powwow's and enjoy the music and dancing. Particularly the traditional powwows. There are also contest powwows. They are similar, but not the same. I recommend going to both. I grew up dancing at a few powwows in my state.

As an adult woman, I have danced more locally and then with the Powwow for Hope which is a cancer fundraiser. That powwow is one afternoon. Therefore not a lot of dancing.

My sister died of leukemia at age 53, in 2010. I have been involved in fundraising for the American Indian cancer foundation since shortly after she died. A multitude of feelings are felt during this event. I am a survivor and a thriver is my most recent feeling, now 10 years away from diagnosis.

I am second from the left. Pink shawls are given to cancer survivors.

My first husband was a country music fan as is my current husband. Husband number two sang in the Duluth Symphony at Easter and Christmas and he participated in operas in Duluth as well. We attended musicals and theatre often in our marriage.

On May 8, 1977, during my first marriage, I went to a Rush and Styxx concert in Duluth, MN. I was 23 years old and loved it. I partied to country western music primarily with my husband, who was six years older than me. With friends, some top 20s, and rock and roll.

In high school, I sang along with friends to some bubblegum, or pop music. As a preteen and young teen, the Beatles and then the Monkees were famous! Great age for falling in love with a boy band!! And what great boy bands!

As a child, my mother used to sing Ka y Sera Sera, or what will be, will be, and I would sing along. And later she sang, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. When she wasn't singing, she was whistling.

And finally, I have had this tune stuck in my head for my whole life. Rainy night in Georgia. I looked it up and it was first produced in 1959. So, yes, most of my life. This song says it all for me.

I believe music is healing and it has certainly helped in my healing. Dance is another way to heal as is writing and most art. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had in my life to enjoy music.


About the Creator

Denise E Lindquist

I am married with 7 children, 26 grands, and 11 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I started writing A Poem a Day in February 7 years ago. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. Writing on Vocal/Medium now.

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  • MARIE ODEMS 6 months ago

    I LOVE IT!!!!

  • Ashley McGee6 months ago

    You're doing good work. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the powwows.

  • Phil Flannery7 months ago

    Thank you for sharing such personal memories. My daughter introduced Paulo Nutini to me years ago. He's great.

  • Leslie Writes7 months ago

    I am sorry for your loss. Wonderful collection of live music experiences 💖 Thank you for sharing!

  • John memon7 months ago

    This touched me!

  • C. H. Richard7 months ago

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister❤️ I love your music choices. Somewhere over the rainbow always brings tears to my eyes. Well done ❤️

  • Tiffany Gordon 7 months ago

    Beautiful work Denise! Thx 4 sharing! I enjoyed learning more about your life! Congrats on your Top Story!

  • Erika Ravnsborg7 months ago

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Losing someone you love just feels like a chunk of you is gone. Music is a magic that can help heal your soul. That's why I like to listen to it when I write

  • Dana Crandell7 months ago

    My sincere condolences for your loss. I've lost too many friends & family to cancer and I have brother whose leukemia is being kept in remission with chemotherapy. Cancer is a scourge that needs eradication. Congratulations on a well-deserved Top Story pick. On a side note, your profile blurb shows you're one of the few people I know of that have more grands and great-grands than me. lol

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    Fabulous!!! Loved it!!! Congratulations on T S too!!!💖💖💕

  • Melissa Ingoldsby7 months ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences to you and for all who have to endure cancer of any kind. Congratulations on your top story, it is inspiring and sweet ❤️

  • Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Paolo Nutini is great and love that version of Over The Rainbow, I really enjoyed the diversity of this story

  • Mariann Carroll7 months ago

    Beautiful , Love the shared photos. I am partial to IZ, Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I am glad you had music memory with your mom.

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