DON'S WORDS ON CREATIVE POWER: DON'S STORY OF EDIE AND ELTON
My strong connection to music began on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1979 in Northrop Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I can still vividly remember the energy and anticipation that evening, it was simply electric! As the house lights went down, some 4,800 fans broke into a thunderous roar as song recording star Elton John took the stage and to my surprise, I was all alone. It was just Elton, his piano and a single spotlight that launched that magical night into flight. That evening three college friends and I experienced the awesome Creative Power of Elton John's music. My immediate reaction to the night included feelings of happiness, euphoria and joy . All of this was a welcome respite from a very difficult and traumatic time in my life.
Years earlier; after my mother Edie’s kindergarten incident, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. The family doctor gave my mother only three months to live following a very difficult brain surgery. Against all odds, my mother survived not only months, but years. It wasn't until I was junior year in high school that my mother underwent a second brain surgery, and another hellish round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. But the toll of the grapefruit-size brain tumor and the multiple surgeries had left my mother blind and in need of constant care.
For the most part, I never knew what it was like to have a normal mother. Early on, I grew up having to be my mother's eyes and daily care giver. But I never looked at it that way. For myself, she was a mom just like any other mom. She was very strong mentally and carried herself with a quiet dignity. Throughout her struggles, she never complained and always exemplied an attitude of gratitude. She is and will always be, my greatest hero.
The Elton John concert took place during a time that the health of my mother was once again seriously deteriorating. Her seizures were coming so often that she had to be hospitalized. She was given a mouth guard to prevent her from biting her own tongue. Eventually, she fell into a coma. I was a college junior at St. John’s University. Witnessing my mother's final weeks of suffering brought intense feelings of pain, isolation and helplessness. It was impossible for me to try to concentrate on his studies. Things got so bad that I seriously considered dropping out of college. It was a difficult time for me, trying to adhere to the gracious standards of my dying mother and yet torn apart by all the pain and misery she had to endure. It just wasn't fair. In fact, it "SUCKED!”
Before the concert on that October 1979 night, I had been an Elton John fan for some time. However, after that night, my loyalty became almost fanatical.
Somehow, the experience of that evening, tapped into my Creative Power and hardwired a link between music and positive emotions within myself. As crazy as it may sound, music, especially Elton’s, became my tool for escaping anxiety and discovering personal freedom. Music became emotionally hardwired into my spiritual psyche to connect me with the feelings of joy, bliss and euphoria. From that day forward, whenever I am feeling down or depressed, I just plug in to my favorite tunes and it changes my mood almost instantaneously. Within moments, my mind is transported to a magical place: one of positive energy, universal power and divine purpose.
This is the magnitude that Creative Power can have!
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