He had his violin

Posted: March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I finally finished reading a book. Yeah I did it I read the book. Usually I read at what I like to conisder a quick pace but this book I recently finished took some time. I tell myself it was because of my busy schedule but when I thing about it, I really think it took so much time because of how engrossing and engaging the story was. The book is 12 years a slave. The story is the one of, Solomon Northup. Solomon was born a free man when slavery was a legal and common practice in the United States. He married had children was working when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. You can imagine the story forn there but your imagination will not do this story justice. This was one of the best books I have ever read. When you get a chance read this book!

The man was a lover of life and myusic.  He played violin  and he would mention how this would help to “calm his soul.”  The life of a slave on a plantation is a violent and fearful one that seems to have few if any bright spots. Despite all that this man Solomon Northup found solace and kept a disposition that I think few would be able to have.

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One of his secrets was his violin. Solomon spoke about finding pleasure in songs he played on his violin. Music is one of the most powerful mediums I have ever experienced. Music will make you dance, cry smile and it works across generations and culture. Singing and listening to songs can help liven our spirits and make life better. With the right perspective life is a dream.

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”

Ronald Reagan

I don’t know what you are dealing wit,h but if you want some help, and you cannot play an instrument, why not switch on the radio?




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