Without music to decorate it,
time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines
or dates by which bills must be paid.
Frank Zappa

I rock a pretty mediocre guitar, and as evident in the video below, my harmonica skills are sick–not a slang sick meaning “awesome,” but a regular sick meaning “sick.”  Living, though, in a music-loving family with some musically talented family members means that we occasionally join along in making music together.

I don’t foresee any world tours or Grammies in the future for the Cannon Family All Star Band, but we sure have fun and add a little joy to our world when the band gets together.  And even though my contribution is more noise than melody, the music we make sounds pretty sweet in my ears precisely because we’re having a good time doing it.

You may or may not sing or play an instrument, but you can most certainly make music.

Your music is whatever ability or opportunity you have to add joy and beauty to the world around you.  Your music is whatever talent or effort you share that brings people together and makes a little peace and harmony.  Your music is whatever you do or say that offers some delight to someone’s life.

It doesn’t matter one bit if your abilities are somewhere south of Juilliard trained and Broadway ready.  All that matters is that you’re willing to put yourself out there and do what you can to lighten someone’s load, lift someone’s spirit, and make your little slice of the world a more loving place.

So go and play your instrument, and sing your song, and make some music.

2 Replies to “Making Music”

  1. I love your news letter too. I think you and Michael should play that song again and post it, but make it a lot longer. I enjoyed that.


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