By Rosie Moore
I love all kinds of music. A little bit of opera, jazz, country, classical, you name it, I love it. A man named William Congreve once wrote, “heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scored. Music has charm to sooth a savage breast, to soften rock or to bend a knotted oak.” Music brings to mind dreams and magic.
I was surfing the TV channels one evening and came across “Hee Haw.” No, not the show that was on TV in 1969 but an advertisement to get people to buy DVDs of the show. In between the advertising were clips of the show that brought back memories of music and laughter, which is why it was one of my favorite hours on TV.
Country music is like ballads of life, full of love, marriage, cheating, and divorce, sung and played by the people who lived through these magical and not-so-magical moments. A lot of the famous singers of yesteryear appeared on that show, which was co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark. I don’t think the strumming of their guitars and the melodious tones they conveyed can be reproduced in this day and age.
Add to the harmonious music the hilarious one-liners, it made for an hour of fun-loving moments and gales of laughter. There are thousands of movies with glorious songs and many musicals but the most recent one is my favorite, “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” The music in that movie was haunting and beautiful, especially the end when Mr. Holland’s Opus was played.
Reba McEntire, who appeared on Hee Haw quite a few times once said, “for me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” Whatever the song is, put music into your life.
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