One of the most well-known songs heard at Christmas is Jose Feliciano’s, I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas. Many people admire his singing and playing because he can’t see the notes on the page or the strings on the guitar, yet the music is amazing. A few years back I took a guitar class and learned how to read the notes and which string was which, but in no way does what I play come remotely close to what I hear from most accomplished guitar players. Apparently sight is at times overrated. The question is how are musicians like Feliciano and Stevie Wonder able to do what they do? The answer is simple; they see the music in their head and in their heart. I’m thinking that the two are related, being able to “see in your head” but not feel it in your heart doesn’t work.
Today as many celebrate the season, there are many issues in our nation, in our schools, and in our communities. In case you missed it, Pat Kelsy, Winthrop’s basketball coach had some very interesting comments in the aftermath of what occurred in Sandy Hook and our nation’s reaction to that event. It seems that he was saying that being able to see the problem is not enough; we have to be able to feel the problem in our heart. If we don’t, the changes he talks about will come out sounding like my guitar playing and not like the music we hear from artists like Jose Feliciano.
I wish to everyone Peace and Goodwill, Lord knows we need it.