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A Higher Purpose

Why I perform music

By Julie LacksonenPublished 12 months ago • Updated 12 months ago • 1 min read
Author playing Valse by Auguste Durand, from memory

I do not play solely for cash,

Though some may come my way.

I do not choose to play for fame.

I'd sooner fade away.


Sometimes, the keys will call to me.

I rarely can resist,

And if you ask me for a tune,

I'll play, if you insist.


But music is - to me - pure life.

I play to get a high.

And when a song comes out just right,

I feel like I can fly.


Is it selfish to play for me,

And sometimes hoard my gift?

For music - whether sad or bright,

Might offer others a lift.


I may not be quite good enough

To play for fame or wealth,

But I don't mind. I'm happiest

When playing for mental health.


About the Creator

Julie Lacksonen

Julie has been a music teacher at a public school in Arizona since 1987. She enjoys writing, reading, walking, swimming, and spending time with family.

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  • Irene Mielke12 months ago

    I write poetry, but your poem is so much better than my poetry! I loved it.

  • Denise E Lindquist12 months ago

    Your music is simply beautiful! Thank you💕

  • Simply amazing! The poetry and the video! I have a piano, but like so many others, gave up on being good.

  • I love this and you can play, I can't , beautiful

  • Your poem was as magical as you playing the piano 💖

  • Cathy holmes12 months ago

    Your words are beautiful, as is your playing. Wonderful.

  • Linda Rivenbark12 months ago

    Julie, I like this poem about your music. I would like to hear you play and/or sing sometime.. Playing for yourself and your mental health is one of the best reasons to make music!

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