Music has touched my life profoundly. My infant baptism in 2nd Presbyterian church initiated my hearing the choir leading our community in singing each Sunday. Mom rocked me to sleep singing Methodist hymns her mother had sung to her. At 7, I memorized the 100th Psalm about making “a joyful noise”, and I tried to do just that in our church’s children’s choir.
7 days after turning 7, the Beatles were to debut on Ed Sullivan (2/9/64). My parents ruled that I couldn’t see them because 8-9 o’clock was past my bedtime. I tearfully rocked myself to sleep in my upstairs bedroom.
My 8-year-older brother tip-toed up and silently carried me down to our den TV so I wouldn’t miss the experience. (It was right where I witnessed the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald ten weeks before). Even though our TV had no color, Baylor never saw morality in merely black and white terms. (Dying of cancer at 52 his tombstone would read “He Said YES to Life” partly because the experience often outweighed the rules for him.)
In 1965 Baylor would be shipped off to Darlington boarding school in Georgia, because there were other rules he broke. During most of 1968 he would become lost in Haight Asbury in San Francisco, come to himself at Virginia Beach, and return home. That November he triumphantly hoisted a copy of the Beatles’ “White Album” above my head. He had camped outside the record store all night so he’d be the first person in Louisville to experience it. I would hear him singing “Rocky Raccoon” with his guitar for years to come; I do still.
Who helped teach you to experience life? How are you living an abundant life now? When has the experience outweighed the rules for you? How did that work out for you? Which songs of the past kindle an indelible memory for you today?