In search of story

December 24.20: Coping


Stories connect us;

the tales that we tell

try to fill the unfillable

of a deep human well,

but sometimes words falter,

they’re easily spent,

and we must turn to music

to say what is meant.


Whatever your stories, dear reader, whatever your traditions,

may they bring you peace and comfort.

Whether you soar with Beethoven’s Ninth

or (like me) warble along with ancient Robert Shaw records,

may there be the wonder of music for you.



18 thoughts on “December 24.20: Coping

  1. Oh, how I wish I could hear you play us a carol on your piano. 🙂 Merry Christmas Eve, my friend.

    • And I wish I could play the way I used to. Nonetheless, I go with the theory that volume compensates. Merry Christmas Eve to you too, friend!

  2. I agree with Judy. My memories of your playing come to mind very clearly. Music brings calm and peace to me. Your blog brings joy to my heart. Wishing you a calm and peaceful Christmas Eve my dear friend.

  3. Merry Christmas Maureen.

    • Merry Christmas to you too, Shirah, and Chag Urim Sameach! I had to look up exactly what to say, of course; I hope I got it right. One of the favorite things in my whole life is the little electric candles I light in my windows every evening during this season, and I always feel that I am participating in a vast faith story, way bigger than my own.

  4. And Beethoven’s Ninth is a wonderful way to take flight during this meaningful holiday season.

  5. And to everyone taking flight with Beethoven’s Ninth during this hopeful holiday season.

  6. Sorry. More of me. I didn’t see that my second comment was sent. But more of Beethoven isn’t such a bad thing.

  7. I love your beautiful poem about music. Of course, I agree completely. What would our lives have been without it? Merry Christmas, my friend. I send my love and lots of good wishes.

    • And the same back to you, with thanks! I cannot imagine life without music either; many times has it lifted me up, and in so many forms. I have happy memories of being in that “Q-tip audience” in Carlsbad! Merry Christmas!

  8. Wishing you and all your family a very merry Christmas, Maureen, with lots of warbling.
    Volume does make up for a good deal.

    • Thank you, Susan, and the same to you! I send you hopes that next Christmas will be beautifully different for you. Meanwhile, it’s the Christmas warble, all stops out. Which is kind of a mixed metaphor, but that suits the time.

  9. Lead me to that enlightened society! Oh. Wait. That’s us!

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