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There are certain genres of music that flow through the rhythms of my life. When I was in the throes of coming to the decision to divorce, yet again, Sarah McLachan spoke to my pain and confusion. The year of writing my book it was all instrumentals that lulled my mind and allowed me to drift on dreams at night. Piano solos were prevalent though Yo-Yo Ma came along at the end and gave my creativity an energy drink.

Today, my last birthday in this first 50 years of life, I have found a kindred spirit in Zoë Keating. A Canadian cellist who’s haunting echoes are the soundtrack to my awake life – and the last thing I hear as I drift off. What is it with Canadian women musicians and me?

I cooked myself a decadent bluefish dinner. It was reminiscent of days of living in Boston and thinking Legal Seafoods was slumming on the restaurant scene. Doused in Mayo, Dijon mustard and fennel seeds it was broiled to perfection. Accompanied by frozen green beans tossed with Persian Lime olive oil and lemon sea salt; the meal was probably not that bad for me. And when did I ever stress over what I eat?

Alice is on my left foot, scratching at imaginary summer itches. Dahlie is sprawled on the dog bed and the cats are hovering. Life is good.

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10 comments on “59 This is going to be a really great year!

  1. Touring NH says:

    Growing older is a fact of life – Growing older with style is a gift! Happy Birthday!

    1. “…I get by with a little help from my friends…”

  2. alinekaplan says:

    Happy birthday, Martha! With such a great attitude, you can’t help but have a great year.

    1. Thanks Aline! I do believe attitude makes a difference.

  3. amcory says:

    Happy Birthday! It sounds as if you have made a wonderful life for yourself. What an amazing gift!

    1. Thank you! It is all what you make it, some days the rain and gloom can feel unbearable but we all muddle through somehow.

  4. I can’t imagine life without music. Happy birthday!

    1. thank you Alan. It’s the soundtrack, right? I love the silence, the last bird call of the day, but the soundtrack needs to be there always…

  5. mariekeates says:

    Happy belated birthday, I’m a little behind with my reading 🙂 my life has always had a soundtrack too and often a situation will bring a song into my head, from Pink Floyd, through Beatles to Savage Garden or, lately, Greenday there is always a song in there. Hope you have a great last year of your fifties.

    1. Thanks Marie! Here’s to garden sheds and a summer of fun!!

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