“Music is like the soul of the planet.”                 

–Taj Mahal

Born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Taj Mahal is a one man world music and American roots-based musician and songwriter. He is best known as a bluesman, a form of music he has pointed out that is not just about expressing sorrow or pain, but about healing. Like Greek tragedy it is about the catharsis. Regardless of form, music lifts, explores, relieves, elates, calms, heals, inspires us. In this time of pandemic I have been listening to WFUV (eclectic rock, folk, Americana); WBGO (jazz, R&B, blues, classic soul) and WQXR (classical). Today’s thought is for music makers, past and present.

Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Saturday and Sunday, Stacey will be selecting TODs from the archives of past postings. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like. It will be good for you, good for poets, and order from your local community bookstore and it will be good for them too.