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Music Holds the Family Together

June 30, 2014 - Theresa Proudfit
Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a young child in the early 70's my parents were always listening to Led Zepplin, The Beatles, Elvis, ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones and The Eagles to name a few. Although my pallet has increased over the years these bands will remain the building blocks of my musical background.

After losing my dad this past February, music has become therapy for my family. We put together a collection of all Dad's favorites and made copies for everyone. Mine plays in my car most every day.

When I heard an Eagle's cover band was playing at the Niagara Centennial this weekend I immediately thought of my father and how much he would of enjoyed them. "Hotel California" started the four day musical weekend for me. Even though my mother resisted my invitation several times, I finally talked her into "just for a little while" Thursday night.

As soon as the music started I wondered if Mom was gonna be alright. Then she talked me and my cousin Shelly into standing up front to watch the band. She was dancing and singing and we were all really impressed with the musical talent as well as the song selection. It was only when "The Heart of the Matter" came on that we had a slight set back. The lyrics "I'm learning to live without you now, but I miss you sometimes" hit home for my mother and I and tears started rolling down both our faces. Although the song is about a failed relationship, not the loss of a loved one, a few lines rang true. I even saw a few tears in the eyes of one of the band members. We both had a great laugh however, when the next song the band played was "Get Over It". We knew Dad was there.

Some days are harder than others since I lost my dear Daddio. But I know with family and a little bit of music, my days will get brighter. My nieces also find music therapeutic and I'm already introducing my infant daughter to some of my favorites. She really loves dancing and even tolerates my singing. My dad would of been proud seeing my husband holding Kalli as she listened to the bands over the weekend.

A new generation a music lovers is popping up in the Peterson family. I'll have to make sure they have a good foundation to start with. "I got a peaceful easy feeling, And I know you won't let me down, 'cause I'm already standing on the ground".


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