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A year of gratitude – Week 22 – A musician

I have a good reason for missing last week’s gratitude post, I promise. My house was struck by lightning! Or more likely, lightning struck nearby. But it certainly wreaked havoc on our comms cables and quite a few devices in the house were fried. I’ve found some work-arounds, so here I am!

Last week’s post is about a musician I am grateful for. Really? Just one?? How to narrow it down!?

There are so many great musicians, across different genres, that have had an impact on my life. Some got me through my teenage years, others made their mark and left again. There are those that help uplift me spiritually.

But standing above all, there are two musicians who have stayed with me my whole life. Sorry, I can’t narrow it down to just one!

Freddie Mercury, one of the most talented artists there ever was. His voice and stage presence are impossible to replicate. His collaborations with Queen bandmates created the best songs. I grew up listening to Queen and watching their songs on the tv. As a youngling, I could see the power that Freddie created in  live concerts (which I only saw on tv, not in real life). It was like he could draw up creative energy from his very being, like a vortex, and express it through his voice. I can only imagine what it would have been like to receive this energy at a live concert in person.

Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits and The Notting Hillbillies. A humble, creative genius with a musical soul and a soulful voice. An innate ability to tell a story with songs that endure over time. For me, Mark Knopfler always seems like someone you could bump into on the street and have a conversation. A nice guy that would give you the time of day.  A true gentleman. That’s the stuff I admire in a person, famous or not.

I’d love to read about a musician you’re grateful for in the comments below. Try picking just one – it’s hard!

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