First of all, I would like to say how much I love the word marvelous.  In fact I think it can only be described as marvelous.  I can’t really remember the last time I used it in a sentence or said it out loud, so I am really glad to use it in a title for a post.  But I digress…

Last year when I was on a reconnaissance visit to Albany I was out at the pub with my mum, my bro and some of his mates.  There was a band playing and we were having a great time listening to music.  The Polettes at the table were all grooving along to the music (tapping our feet and so forth).  Mum, with a little bit of emotion said, “I’m so glad my children like music so much.”  Which for some reason I thought was rather lovely, setting off a bit of an emotional response in me.

So far I’ve uncovered two reasons why music is marvelous.  It makes me feel and it makes me move my body.  Pretty magical I reckon.  (Sometimes it also makes me sing – not so magical…)

The other thing I love about music is the memories it creates and stores.  I don’t know about you, but my memory is not what it used to be, but when I hear the right music it can bring everything flooding back.  I am especially grateful for this when I hear music my dad used to love.

While studying at my Nutrition School I have learned that the Macrobiotic diet recommends that you sing a happy song everyday which helps you to nourish your spirit as well as your body.  I reckon those guys might be on to something!

So why I am I writing about music?  Last night I saw the John Butler Trio at Castelli wines in Denmark.  Being with a group of people in the great outdoors listening to guitars and voices it reminded me how important it is to nourish myself with good food, exercise but to also look after my spirit.  And music is a great way to do that.

John Butler

Photo courtesy of Dave Polette