Taking Comfort in Music

Who would have thought that a single song could have a life-changing impact?

For the past fifteen or so years of my life, playing piano has been a creative outlet; a moment of peace in a hectic world. Perhaps it all started with my grandmother, who owned a Wurlitzer that she played often. Growing up, I spent many days with her and would play around on the piano. It was then that I knew I had a love for the instrument. It must run in the family; even her dog loved it!

I remember working through beginner player books with her, but never really ‘getting’ it. It wasn’t until several years later that I discovered my gift of playing by ear. I was hooked. By that time, her piano had already been moved into our house to serve as decoration. One of the first songs that I was absolutely dedicated to learn was Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine (hello Twilight fans!) It didn’t take very long since I had full access to a piano. I played it constantly; I’m talking nearly every single day. Thanks Mom for tolerating my my many mistakes along the way!

 Concert of a Lifetime

This song has always had significant meaning to me, although I’m not entirely sure of the meaning of the song. During the past few years of severe anxiety, the song became even more important. I have the song on nearly CD I’ve made so I always have access to it when I’m not sitting in front of a piano. So naturally, when I discovered that Iron and Wine was set to perform in a city near me, my first thought was “Take my money!

The day arrived and we made our way to the venue. I wasn’t sure if the song would be included in the set list since it’s rather old¬†compared to his other work. I prayed that he would play it, and my prayer was answered! As soon as I heard that familiar tune I knew I was in for a treat. In those 3-4 minutes, it was as if all my anxiety had disappeared. After all, it has been a constant source of comfort during the tough times. I now have the experience of hearing it performed live and I will carry the sweet memory for life. Thank you Iron and Wine.

Much love -Aud

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