Gifts from My Constant Companion
I have always been a professional audience participant. I love hearing live music. I study the lyrics to glimpse the meanings and feelings behind each song. I love to see the poetry and how carefully each line is crafted. I can’t help but sing along to my favorites.
I have a Yamaha classical guitar that has been sitting in my bedroom corner for a few decades now. It was given to me by a boyfriend because I told him I wanted to learn to play. I let life get in the way and never took it out of its case. The guitar quietly and slowly aged in that corner, all alone.
Then the lockdown happened. Everything was frozen in time and place. With a lot of time on my hands, I discovered the many musicians streaming online. They were a lifeline to hope and beauty during these dark times. In particular, I found myself listening to the daily Dan Navarro live streams. I loved his lyrics and melodies. I finally got brave enough to take one of his songwriting workshops. I have never been creative in my life before and I had such a great time learning the basics of songwriting. But you need melodies to go with the lyrics. So I took that guitar in the corner out of its case and finally started learning how to play.
Music is so powerful. It reaches across all languages and cultures. It barges into our souls without an apology and removes barriers from our hearts. This past year, I have been moved to tears and joy from the many musicians streaming online. Thank God music was there. It became my constant companion. My love of music during the lockdown finally gave me the courage to create music of my own.
~ Debbie Newman
The majority of Debbie’s working career was as a computer programmer. She has been retired for the past 4 years and is enjoying it immensely. Debbie is a lover of nature and time spent in walks along the seashore or open spaces in Orange County, California. She enjoy gardening, singing, dancing, spending time with her boyfriend and friends and attempting to write songs.