I AM IN the middle of my third decade of life, and within the last two years, I’ve discovered something I always ignored: music from the midcentury. Life does not seem to be slowing down. Our schedules are more packed than ever before, and we’re still somehow adding more to our plates. When I actually started listening to Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, The Righteous Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and more, I found myself slowing down. While the minute hand on the clock didn’t actually stop moving, it felt like it did.
Music can do that. My heart rate slowed. My mind seemed to stop running and worrying about the next thing. The people of that time experienced history over and over again… and so are we. But I have good news… the decades before us made it out okay. Yes, they experienced their own traumas and surprises that still influence who we are today, but they found peace.
That peace I found in nostalgia is something I’ve searched for in my adult life. I understood that the tide comes in and it retreats. Like a pendulum, it will come closer and then swing away again. In the words of Frank Sinatra, “that’s life.”
In my discovery of peace through nostalgia, I found Elvis’s “If I Can Dream.” His voice, filled with talent and power, is astronomically moving, but I focused on the lyrics. He sings about hardship and events that may drain our spirits, but he still finds hope to keep moving forward. I believe that is more important today than ever. No matter if you’re in the middle of your third decade of life or your seventh, the tide will continue to come in and then wash away.
For this issue of Good News, I want to look back at our community. Decades of life, hope, and love have made us who we are today. I encourage you to find peace in nostalgia as the tide comes in again. GN