Over The River and Through Our Memories

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david on stageWhen I was very young I always loved listening to stories from older family members. I can remember I wouldn’t go outside and play with my cousins during the visits to Grama’s house. I would stay at the dinning room table during the after dinner coffee and desert time because I loved hearing their stories about times gone by. They were funny, everyone laughing to tears, colorful, wonderful stories that made me want to be inside their stories. This was almost better than television, and that is saying something because TV was everything to a Baby Boomer child of the 1950’s.

Thanksgiving conjures up instant feelings of warm Fall colors, stopping the race of everyday life, great aromas of food, families getting together, and seeing friends. Yes, even with the normal dysfunctional family situations of dealing with our own oddities seemed to be dealt with, diminished, ignored or resolved during this family gathering holiday. The house where the turkey is prepared was the place to wake up to that heavenly aroma of cooking that only Thanksgiving can produce.

To a child of the Boomer Generation, Thanksgiving meant waking to that wonderful smell of the turkey roasting in the oven, then rushing down to watch the Thanksgiving parade on TV and getting primed for Christmas and waiting for Santa to show up at the end of the parade. Thanksgiving was all about food. I have old family photos of my Dad’s dinning room display of food. He set up this display of fruit, berries, nuts, crackers, cheeses and anything else he could think of. Of course he managed an A&P grocery store at the time, which obviously helped. My Dad was always ready to set up a display of anything, most likely from displaying food in the grocery stores. Even during his later years as a car salesman, he would decorate his office with a full display of fall leaves and deer so he could enjoy the feeling that the Fall brings to us all.  I am very aware that I was fortunate to have been born who and where I was to enjoy the abundance of food and memories. There were so many who did not have this abundance, who I was oblivious to as a child. Especially during the post World War II, 1950’s,

Thanksgiving was originally a way of celebrating the year’s harvest of the crops, but it seemed logical and appropriate to make it an event of taking some time to give thanks for all the blessings we have. Our first President of the United States, George Washington, proclaimed the first nationwide Thanksgiving celebration in America, marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.” (Wikipedia)

All of us at David’s Music House are so very thankful to each of you who support and spread the word of what we do. I will never take the blessings of starting my first business and watching it grow into one of the most respected sources of Music Education in the South Hills and surrounding area. As a lover of music and a life long musician for over 55 years, I have always known that whatever I started, had to have a mission and goal that was purely from my heart and not to make money. I feel this is what makes David’s Music House unique and successful, in that this message is felt and known by all the wonderful families and students who choose to come to us for their music learning.

Each and every one of us at ‘da House, wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday.  May you all take time out this Thanksgiving Day and give thanks for all the blessings you have and enjoy the day with family and friends.

Peace and Love,

David

 

“Till the Season Comes ‘Round Again”

Quite a long while ago

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david on stage“Till the Season Comes Round Again” – That’s the title of a song written by John Jarvis & Randy Goodrum and I first heard performed by Kenny Rogers. I love this song because it expresses what this time of year means. Fall means beautiful colored leaves beginning to fall, chilly air and nature preparing to close down for the cold to come, but most of all November means Thanksgiving and giving thanks for our many blessings.

The last two months of the year have been blended into one commercial shopping season by the big box corporations. The very first thing I saw when I turned on the TV, the morning after Halloween night, was a car commercial themed about Christmas. I prefer to first enjoy the Fall and its glorious colors, followed by a celebration of family and thankfulness for all the blessings we have been given. The sheer blessing of living and being here another year to gather at the Thanksgiving table, and take the moment to feel all the love is surely worth spending the time to pause and give thanks.

“Let’s all gather round at the table, in the spirit of family and friends, and we’ll all join hands and remember the moment, till the season comes round again.” These are more of the lyrics of the song.

Here is a short list of what I am thankful for, beginning with my realization of God’s love for me. I have never been more aware of this.

I am thankful that I am able to spend every single moment possible with the most wonderful person I have ever met in my 62 years of life, my best friend and wife, Anita.

I am more thankful than I ever knew, for the parents and family I was born into, for the wonderful life they gave to me.

I am thankful for each person in my family for all their gifts of love and support.

I am thankful for the people I have met throughout my life, both good and bad, for they have shaped and formed the person I am.

I am thankful for coming to a stage of enlightenment in my life, of who I am and what my purpose is.

I am thankful for all my years of feeling less than valuable, inadequate and like a failure, because all those moments made me the person I am now and proud to be.

I am thankful to have been helped by so many others to be able to create a business that is all about who I am and what I am here for – to leave the world better off by helping others become kinder to each other, through the magic of Music.

I thank God often, every day for the people who make me aware that what I am doing is a good thing.

This year, as I gather round the table, I give thanks to each one of YOU! I hope you are each able to gather with all the special loved ones in your life this Thanksgiving….’round your table….again.

With the sincerest love and thanks,

David

Giving Thanks, That’s what this holiday is about!

Quite a long while ago

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As the saying goes, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!” I say this a lot, ever since starting my business, David’s Music House, last October 2010. It has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done, and yet, I have never enjoyed doing work so much in my life! I often remind myself, when I get bogged down in bills, long hours and forgetting to do some important task, to “Stop and enjoy this moment, this hour, this day, before it’s gone”.

We all lead crazy, hectic lives, as our lifestyles seem to have exponentially become so complex and we all struggle to find ways of getting through these hard economic times. People not only are finding it hard to find jobs but companies are still laying people off and we all do our best to make ends meet. During our stress filled lives, we need to force ourselves to stop doing what we are doing and think about all the blessings we have and are enjoying right now, this moment, this hour and this day! Don’t miss an awesome moment of taking your children to music lessons because you’re in a hurry and have had a difficult day. Instead, enjoy that you are with them, right in that moment!

The media, retail and marketers have turned the end of each year into a blur of shopping, one giant combined holiday season and we are now hearing Christmas music the day after Halloween! Thanksgiving has turned into a pause to have a good meal and take a break from shopping for Christmas. Thanksgiving is not just some great food day in the middle of the holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s Day! This is a holiday that plainly states it’s meaning in the name itself. It is a time of stopping to give thanks for all we have and to be with the most important people in our lives….our family and friends.

I could easily think of this Thanksgiving Day as a very welcome break from working hours on end to make my business a success. I choose not to focus on that, although I do enjoy the day, the food and the rest. I have so much to be thankful for this year, from my health, to doing something I absolutely LOVE everyday, to being able to make the decisions I want without running it by a deaf corporate ear, and most of all, I will take time to think of all the amazing concerts, musicians, new friendships, long time friends who have helped me build and start this business and “Angels who are watching over me” and have helped me find ways to keep David’s Music House going for over a year now.

All of us at David’s Music House hope you all STOP and give special “Thanks” to all the blessings in your lives this Thanksgiving and take a break from all the worries and stress in your lives, to savor the day, with good time, family and friends. Please stay safe during your holiday travels as well.

We all give our heartfelt THANKS to all of YOU, who have told us how much you LOVE David’s Music House, spread the word about us and for all of your support and kind thoughts. We are here for YOU and to provide a place where you can get away from all the stress and enjoy the common bonds of our “Love of Music and the Arts!”

Happy Thanksgiving!

David