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Last night I went to a concert, I saw Colin Hay, the lead singer from Men at Work, an 80’s mega group. One of my favorites from the 80’s. I have followed his career from the band to his current solo work. Great stuff, but that not the point, the point is what he had to say, with his songs and with out.

Mr. Hay uses words and music to relay his message, his dreams and nightmares are played out for us in songs we tap our feet to and sing along with. But what really impressed me was what was not sung, what Mr. Hay did not say with words or music.

For all who don’t know, Men at work shot in to stardom with there big début album “Cargo” with the smash hits “Land Down Under” “Who can it be now” and “Over Kill” the follow up album did ok and there last did nothing.  they went from the top to the bottom in a matter of 3 years.

Mr. Hay, a talented singer and song writer went on to  record 2 solo albums than was dropped from the major labels leaving him to ask himself “what now”. As he tells the story, we decided he needed something to do after he drank his morning coffee, so he decided to play in small clubs and record his own music. The result was a man willing to accept what he was compared to what he use to be.

Over the years I have worked with ex-rock stars, and the reason they remain part of the past is because they remain in the past, they refuse to let it go and to embrace the present. My. Hay decided differently, he understood that men at work was a part of his life, but now it’s Colin Hay with out the band. He let go the part to embrace the now.

Mr. Hay may have let go of the past, but he has not forgotten it, his songs often times are reminders of what use to be, looking at the past with new eyes. Sure there is regret and sadness in some of the past, but there is also joy and happiness. But the same is true for the now, we experience sadness and joy all in a matter of a few moments.

Now I do not know Mr. Hay beyond his music and from what I saw last night on stage, but from what I can tell, Mr. Hay has not only accepted his life, he has embraced it. Sure he wish for the success that once was, he is looking for the fame that use to be, but he is also enjoying the moment that is.

We all can learn a lot from this ex-rock star, and enjoy the music that the lesson is at the same time. As Mr. Hay himself states, “My My My what a beautiful world”. I would have to agree!


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Today I heard my heart song, literally. I had a doctor’s appointment, and they listened to my heart using an ECO Cardio thing… Very scientific name… And I heard my heart; I heard the music I make every day.

 As I laid there listing to my heart my mind drifted to something Dr. Wayne Dyer said in one of his talks and has written in his books, he likes to say “Don’t die with the music still in you”. I have never really given it much thought prior to today. I have always thought it to be a nice saying, something that sounded very profound, but not really. That is until today.

Today I discovered that their truly is music in me, I have a rhythm and a beat. There is an orchestra playing inside of me… I have songs of love and loss written on my soul, and the melodies of life racing through my veins. The backbeat of sorrow is over played by the upbeat of joy and the symphony of tomorrow is playing today.

What I am trying to say is that my life, my being is my heart song, and I am performing it daily, moment by moment. My existence in this world has add a new note to the Oratorio of life, and each fading note leads in to a new one, with the change in tempo and pitch live rushes on to the end, and all of humanity has added to the score. Each note is written, every movement is recorded as the record of humanity is played out once more.

So as Dr. Wayne Dyer states, “Don’t die with your music still in you”, learn to play it, sing it and enjoy it. Use it to create a better song for all of humanity and leave this world a little better than you found it.


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