“I have to know what it’s like to be lost...”
I’ve always been a very determined, strong-willed person. I’m curious, creative and I enjoy problem-solving. This, more than any natural talent or skill, is likely what has led me to pursue a career as a musician.
The last few years of my life have continually pushed me out of my comfort zone. At times, that feeling is very disorienting. It can feel like there is nothing holding me firmly to the ground and that I might just float away and never be able to get back to what I know.
But that feeling, if I let it, can also be wonderful. I never know where I’m going to end up. There are a million wonderful possibilities out there just waiting for me to discover them. Beyond the fear, there is freedom.
I overheard a passerby
Speaking soft and solemnly
About his former life
As a pilot in the merchant marine
He said, “Man, there were nights
when I was terrified
but I never felt so free.
Maybe it was the sound of the engine humming
Or the twenty thousand feet of nothing
Peeled back like a curtain against the dawn
The shuddering of steel beneath me
The open face of cloud beseeched me
Let it all be, let it all be gone.”
I have to know
what it’s like
The Strings (with Bill Panks)
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
and danced the skies on laughter silvered wings
sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds
and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of -
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space
put out my hand and touched the face of God.”
- John Gillespie Magee, Jr
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