In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I post a blog each day with a reflection about breast cancer. The reflections all stem from something in the play. (All quotes are from lines in the play).
Day 21 The Most Amazing Thing: “The most amazing though is the orchestra. You it doesn’t even exist until it is needed, and as it might be needed somehow the musicians know. It forms as each musician, instrument in had appears, waiting to be called into a specific ballroom. The musicians then enter the ballroom to which they are called winding their way through the shadowy figures of a lifetime that surround the dance floor.” The Actual Dance
The Actual Dance takes place in The Ballroom – a place described yesterday existing in a different realm – another dimension of the Universe. It was real to me. Many audience members remark on how specific and detailed my description is of the Ballroom and how they can picture it in their mind. It is a place where “the dance” takes place to the music played by an Orchestra. “A good sized orchestra of 40 or 50 or more musicians.”
What I have come to understand is that the presence or absence of members of the orchestra in The Ballroom was predicated on the news of Susan’s condition. What surprised me most though was the musicians. The musicians would come and go based on how immanent the need was. I believe we all have a unique ballroom that is dedicated exclusive to our dances. The Orchestra though plays at everyone’s dance. They come and go as the need appears, “disappearing into the blackness until they are needed somewhere else.” What is most amazing though is that “the orchestra plays whatever song the dancers themselves want to hear and which only they recognize.”
Stat of the Day: Overall less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with the disease! Cancer.org
Task of the Day: Discover the calming and healing power of music today. Listen to some music and notice it’s impact on you, especially if you are worried about something Pick your music and then think about going back to it as needed.
Resource of the Day: A terrific blog post with lots of links to medical benefits of music. It started with Beverly Merz, the Executive Editor of Harvard Woman’s Health Watch, listening to music during her mammogram!
The Actual Dance: Performances. Donate.