I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend a special concert by Diane Milo.
It was called a Celebration of Life and it was dedicated to her late brother. It was filled with a number of wonderful songs sung by Diane and a few of her friends. She was accompanied on the piano by Brad Handshy, Karen Adkins, and Bob Sunshine.
There were a few songs that caught my heart and made me a little misty. The first was called “We Can Be Kind” a beautiful number about how the world can be a better place if we took it upon ourselves to be kind and make an effort to problem solve without violence and hatred. The other as an original work “What The World Was Meant To Be” by her niece Caroline Milo. Such a simple song but great message. See for yourself!
But as I left the venue, I began to think to myself about what loss is.
While I, like everyone else, have suffered loss, none of the people that I’ve lost have been people that I was close to. When my grandmother and my uncle passed away, I was sad but not to the point of grieving. I didn’t cry and I didn’t feel anything like what I thought I should. I guess I just wasn’t close to them. This then led me to wonder about what I should feel. What is it? Pain? I don’t know.
As I see posts on Facebook about such things, I can totally empathize. It surprises me that, as I think about it, I can recall being more sad for friends who’ve lost someone than I was for my own family as I’ve explained above. I wonder if I am closer to my friends than I am to family. Then I also wonder, does that make me a bad person? Again, I don’t know.
In light of the reason for the concert, I was amazed that Diane was able to sing these great songs without getting choked up. Bravo to her for creating a memorable evening of great songs and reconnecting with some fabulous people.