As most people with a heart, I have been incredibly troubled by the events in Boston. A few days ago I read a quote from Leonard Bernstein which states, "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before". This statement has resounded in my thoughts since.
It seems the easy way out would be to just lay down and allow shock, grief and apathy to steal from us our light, our peace, our gifts. I, for one, will not go quietly into that dark night. All of us have a duty and an obligation to shine even more brightly simply due to the circumstances. Call me an optimist or a pollyanna, it won't hurt my feelings. Life, art, beauty, light and love are the true calling of us all. To allow dark, misguided, evil purposes to drive that out of us would be a travesty.
Creation and destruction can not occupy the same space. Creation comes out of destruction. It is our choice what we create. Choose life, choose art, choose music, love, beauty and light.