Happy Song – #TeamDuke bring (me) the (musical) horizon


👁❤️2 ……………………………. love music

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

Song from Pinocchio – “When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong, give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! When you meet temptation and the urge is very strong, give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! Not just a little squeak, pucker up and blow. And if your whistle’s weak, yell “Juminy Cricket!” Take the straight and narrow path and if you start to slide, give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! And always let your conscience be your guide.”

I accept one of the more random starts to one of the ground based views of 2017. But the quote and the song are, well, an indication as to focus of the blog. Last year I wrote a blog about my love of music. And, I must admit, I do love music. Listening to it, not playing it or singing. I can do neither play or sing.

I wish I could but the world’s not ready. I have a real admiration of those who have the ability to sing and play, and then can stand in front of an audience. Living the dream. A good friend, Ryan Askew (as featured in the book, These Wings Can Fly), does just that. Awesome! It’s great to see the joy it brings him, as part of the excellent duo, Mild Junk. And, of course, the joy it brings their audience. Magic!

As Billy Joel said, music is healing and #TeamDuke can confirm that. Interestingly, well for me anyway, I’ve just been listening to a track by Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes. I think that’s the title for a future blog, because I will do whatever it takes in life. We all should, it just takes something to happen to slap you round the face to realise that.

So, happy song? Where an I going with this. Bear with me, please, my mind is awash with lots of garbled things. I suppose, thinking about how the blogs have developed this year, I am just looking to express the ingredients to the happy mix that has been the development of #TeamDuke in 2017.

Music has been a significant contributor to our development- both as #TeamDuke but also individually. I’ve been lucky that both Ben and Liv have shared my love of music and we have experienced some truly magical moments together – be that: –

  • Ben seeing Sum 41 when he was 8 at Manchester Arena (my heart goes out to those who perished in the recent terrorist attack. #ILoveManchester.
  • Ben going to the Leeds Festival for the first time when he was 9
  • Liv’s first concert – My Chemical Romance, when she fell asleep
  • Green Day at Wembley where Liv experienced the incredible magic of one of the best bands in the world
  • ……… and so one.

And that was before our life changing event (although, rumour has it, the world hasn’t ended or ascended to the 99th dimension or something like that anyway).

Music – a common bond that brings people together, be that in a venue holding 10 or a stadium holding 90,000.

As I have referenced above, we are all aware of the tragic events at Manchester Arena. 18,000 brought together through their love of music. 18,000 people able to experience a possibly a once in a lifetime event. Only for that life to be ripped apart through an act of pure evil. An act intended to create a divide in society. An act intended to draw others to the extreme views of so few.

However, this was an act that must be used to bring us together. To bring society even closer together. For the collective to rise and say no to any form of extremism. Together we will be stronger. That way, extremism will fade into that place it needs to be. And then we need to learn what fuels extremism and to educate appropriately.

We must have just as a reason to celebrate, and we must continue to join together in that celebration of music.

I make no secret of my personal love of music. It’s a celebration; it’s a relaxant; it’s a joy; it’s a healer; it provides words that help you to express an emotion. And so on. I can think of tracks that Ben, Liv and I have discussed that tell the story of our development over the last few months. I always remember Liv telling me that Medicine by Biffy Clyro perfectly summed up how she felt about her mum walking out of the family home. For weeks we sang it together in the car and, more often that that, I would become a tad teary.

I then played it to Ben, suggesting he listened to the lyrics, as we were driving to the Leeds festival to see …….. Biffy Clyro, and I became teary. That’s music for you.

But it is such a a way to escape, to express, to join together, to sit alone, to laugh, to become teary, to be yourself. It’s magic.

We are lucky to have that bond as #TeamDuke. Music is always there and it’s there as I type this (on a train back from London).

And if you can’t listen to it, don’t forget when you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong, give a little whistle. Just use music as that release.

So, when you started ready this blog, I’m sure you wondered where it was going. Well, here you are wondering where you’ve arrived. Regard this like a trip to the shop but you ended up in the pub. Life is full of surprises and this blog is just another one.

I was going to finish the blog with a song. But I’ll throw out a question – what is your happy song? Just think. I hope it puts a smile on your face.

I wish you well.


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