Lately, I seem to have had ample opportunity to write about things on the negative side of the fence. I don’t know if that’s just me, or if it’s because there are just so many negative things to write about, my cup runneth over!
This week, I’m vowing to change things a little, and that’s in part because of a group I got to play for at the Applewood Country Club recently. It’s a women’s volunteer group called “North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection” or NSCWC for short.
To begin with, the lady who invited me to play is also the lady who recently sold my condo. Her name is Amy Simon and not only did she sell my property in a short time but she sold it at the right kind of price in a tough market! I did not hesitate to put her name on my, “good person to know” list and renamed her “Famous Amos”. To top that off, when the sale was complete, she bought me a gallon of maple syrup (because she knew I was from Canada!) Now…if she could just find me someone to make the pancakes…!!
My first eye opener with NSCWC was that I was supposed to begin playing “background” music at 12:00pm as that’s when seating would begin, and whaddaya know? That’s what they did! Then, different speakers got up and spoke while the others listened and I sat and made it my fondest wish that our political leaders and congress could just once, come and listen to people actually listening while someone else is speaking! What a concept! These ladies accomplished more in 30 minutes than our congress has been able to accomplish in the last two years!
I know that sounds corny but it’s true! The main goal of NSCWC is to HELP and I can’t understand why that seems to be such a tough goal to accomplish for everyone but them! Back in Ohio these days, you have two men who seem to make the news no matter what else is going on. One guy’s name is LeBron James, star professional athlete and team leader who is returning to his home town to give back and help his people succeed. The other guy’s name is John Boehner, speaker of the house, professional politician, and a man dedicated to the idea of preventing as many people as possible from being able to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act! Wouldn’t it be nice if these guys could switch places for a couple of days or maybe come out to Denver to learn how to HELP, or just watch how the ladies at NSCWC do it! I wish we could all aspire to that!
Speaking of helping, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of you who have been so generous and contributed money to my little fund in order to help me play some music and try to make things a little better for the Vets down at the VA hospital and other hospital locations as well. It’s kind of funny, but I believe a lot of these guys might have been “pickers” before they got into the military and consequently ended up here. Everywhere you go, somebody on crutches or in a wheelchair is always asking, “Hey man, you know any Jimi Hendrix” or “Hey man, you know any Clapton?” No matter what, even if you butcher a tune (which I’ve been known to do from time to time), they still tell you how great it was and how much they appreciate you playing for them.
If I live to be 150, I will never get over just how great if feels to play a little music for some of these guys (and sometimes girls) and feel the honest to God emotion that comes straight from their heart to mine. I know that it doesn’t come easily and it’s not something you want to just pass off and ignore. So….Thanks again folks. You’re helping a good cause!
Send me your comments and critiques. I’ll be sure to read them all and use them if I can.
Thanks again and have a great week everybody!