This is a more personal piece. Not sexy…but this blog is meant for you to get to know me more intimately, so this qualifies.
I had an amazing day. I visited a very dear friend who is fighting for his life. He’s been fighting cancer for years, winning, but it keeps returning. He’s still fighting & is one of the most inspiring people I know.
We laughed. We cried. We enjoyed delicious tea, cookies & cake. We listened to music on his high quality sound system. Big band, the Tragically Hip, 80’s rock ballads. Then I suggested Pink Floyd & he suggested we indulge in some of his morphine for that experience.
(Disclaimer: I am not a regular taker of drugs of any kind. I experimented in my 20’s with party drugs & hippie stuff but in my 30’s I just haven’t been that interested.)
So I sat with my dear friend, holding hands listening to Pink Floyd really loud while floating on a morphine cloud.
He’s been listening to a lot of music lately. He’s also been watching a lot of comedy & spending time with the people he loves. Music, laughter & love being his priorities these days.
I don’t ask a lot of my fans or slaves. I could really be so much more demanding…so I’ll ask each of you to do something for me today (& any time really) but especially today: Play one of your favorite songs as loud as you can & do nothing besides listen to it all the way through. Really listen to it & enjoy it. Savor it. Heck, dancing to it would be fine too. Let’s call it a ‘music appreciation moment’.
Will you do that for me? Will you do that for you? It’s not going to change the world but it’s not going to hurt anything either (unless it pisses off the neighbors for 5 minutes. Oh well.)
Mistress T (or in this case, the woman who is also Mistress T)
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This was a beautiful post. As a musician, I find the subject especially touching. My best friend has also been fighting cancer, so I felt really close to the situation you describe.
This is always the way I like to listen to music: absorbing every detail, focusing all my senses on it. Although I don’t need to pierce my ears with 100 dB of sound, normal volume is ok (“as loud as possible” can be really disturbing nowadays, especially for neighbours).
I wonder which Pink Floyd song/album you were listening to. My choice would have been “Shine on you crazy diamond Part 1” from the album “Wish you were here”. It’s the one I’m going to listen to right now, really loud, according to your request, but with headphones.
I do this for you and for me, with great pleasure. xoxo
Excellent post. Music is THE thing that has helped me through my wife’s passing and my disabling illness. We used to love to listen to John Lennon on lazy Sunday afternoons, lying in bed, enjoying each other and the music. I will blast some today in support of your friend and in memory of my wife. Instant Karma. Peace.
Done and thanks, for me it was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9NCowUMPAY
The beloved with Sweet harmony nice rythm and nice memories.
Great post. Best support for Your friend. I listen music and do what u suggested every day, but this day it was just for You.
Greetings from Czech Republic.
Good idea, you even helped pick the song, Fleetwood Mac’s “Big Love”.
I loved this post and did as you asked, Mistress T. Thanks for reminding me that music is a great way to feel alive and present in a moment. Life is really moments, the precious present.
Woow listening to music that’s a very nice idea ….I will definitely do that …. !
As someone who has lost loved ones to cancer I can absolutely understand the need to appreciate the moment and all the things in it that bring us leave and love while we are here. Best wishes to your friend and I hope someday he beats cancer for good
music Appreciation moment (mAm – with a capital “A”)
I agree with the former commenters. This post is a wonderful one.
Music, stand up comedy & friends helped me through a depressive phase.
A depression numbs, but music is able to invoke very strong feelings (in me).
The actual cure however was the appreciation of it.
What really let me enjoy life again was being grateful for the moments of music, laughter and friends!
Or even something as simple as a tasty cup of green tea.
To me this kind of appreciation is the difference between a filled and a fulfilled life.
Best wishes and many fulfilling moments to your friend.
I had my mAm to Maps – Vicissitude
There is a loneliness that highly creative people feel.
When this feeling becomes unbearable, I like to listen to music.
I turn on Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself”, really loud.
Then I dance around like nobody is watching me (because they’re not)
and it always makes me feel better.
Thank you Mistress T (and the lady who portrays her), for letting
me share this with you.