Posted at 9:43 PM on December 20, 2010
by Melissa Ousley
Filed under: Musical philosophy
As Christmas Eve nears, it's hard not to look back on my childhood in Nyack, New York (just north of NYC). December in our home was an especially busy time for my father, an Episcopal priest with a loving parish and a wonderful music program. When my dad passed away in 2002, I soon discovered that one of the most powerful ways for me to feel close to him was through music - which enriched his life in many ways. I have often felt fortunate to have that connection.
It's likely that this time of year makes you recall your youth, too. If there are people or places that you miss, I hope music helps you hold on to those memories.