1. an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
2. any sweet, pleasing, or harmonious sounds
3. the life of Erica Cherney
I’m going back to Ireland. A year after I finished my journey, I’m headed back to the Emerald Isle. My, how a year flies by. It’s both frightening and invigorating to know how much can change, (and sometimes, not change), in 365 little days. I remember a time, before all of this, when I was so desperately sad, that each 24 hour period was measured in “hours of awake until I can sleep again”. I am grateful that those days have been survived and have now been placed gently in the rolodex of my life experience. I respect them for their generous lessons, but I don’t wish to relive their unrelenting darkness again. I am learning more and more how to let go and live in the present. But I’m in constant pursuit of knowledge, examples and advice on how to do that well.
I believe that “story sharing” is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other. Our individual stories connect us to one another. Honest story telling has the power to lighten each others’ loads, to heal struggling souls and to bring clarity into otherwise dark corners of our lives.
I asked my friend, Erica Cherney, to share her story with me. She’s 83, was Peterborough’s citizen of the year and has recently come out the other end of a tough battle with cancer. She’s a business woman, the chair of many boards and an all round spitfire. I asked her what she’s learned, what’s she afraid of, and what she wants next in life. I wanted to share her thoughts with you in this short 4 minute documentary.
I called this film, “In the Key of E”, because although Erica has always been a proud member of her ‘community orchestra’, she has never been afraid to follow her own melody. Even if that meant playing off key a time or two!
I’m now left to reflect on the musical score of my own life. And so I ask you too; in what key is the soundtrack of your life? Let us not be afraid to play our own tune. And to play it loud and proud! As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “don’t die with your music still inside you”!