An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People

Posted by: David Snyder

An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/05/18 06:16 AM

True Story.

There was this older guy, a songwriter in his 50s, who had become a failure after a once illustrious past. He had faced bankruptcy. People had begun to tell him that he was "behind the times."

Many people made fun of him--all the time. They called him a nincompoop. He was in a great deal of physical pain.

On top of all of this, he was now clinically depressed.

He was pursued by debtors and in a constant state of financial crisis and plagued by numerous health issues. Most of his advisers and friends told him to give up, run away and hide.

Many years before, his own father (long since dead) had told him never to go into music but get a "real job"--like a lawyer.

So, when nearly everyone in the world had turned their back on him, and he was penniless, a complete and utter failure, with hardly a friend in the world, he decided to lock himself in a room for a month and write the greatest piece of music ever written in the history of mankind.

Within 28 days he was finished and came out of his room with his new song--260 pages long.

He told someone that when he got to the end of the song--and had written the "big part"--that he truly believed he had seen God and had been transported to heaven for a quick glimpse. During this quick glimpse, God had given him a peek at heaven and all of the angels. Of course everyone thought he was completely and utterly mad for saying this.

But they wanted to hear the music anyway, just out of curiosity.

The songwriter:

Georg Friedrich Handel.

The song:

The Messiah.

Footnote:

Upon hearing the notes of the Hallelujah Chorus for the first time, the King of England stood up and gave a standing ovation--because he thought it was the British National Anthem.

For many years after, church leaders tried to keep people from going to hear it, calling the work "blasphemy"--only they had the credentials to talk about God, not a musician.

But, the promoters still couldn't find places big enough to contain the crowds because the people (and the King) loved it.

A lesson for us all.

smile

https://www.newstatesman.com/2014/01/handel-messiah-matter-life-and-death

Posted by: cliftond

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/05/18 06:42 AM

Now that is the best illustration for striving in the music business that I have ever heard. WOW, that really opens my eyes. Thank You David
Posted by: duncanwhyte

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/05/18 08:02 AM

Actually Handel lived prosperously throughout his life as a musician and composer.
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/05/18 09:45 AM

Yeah, but as I understand it, he was in a severe period of decline and woes of many kinds during this period.

Before his "comeback."

I have edited my article to address your points and attached a reference document. I think the main point remains intact.

Or maybe you just can't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Anyway, this is what I read. Maybe it is a total fabrication. You have sparked my curiosity to dig deeper.

Here is an article about it.

https://www.newstatesman.com/2014/01/handel-messiah-matter-life-and-death
Posted by: duncanwhyte

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/05/18 10:28 AM

I have read some stefan zweig. the postmistress and the chess player and beware pity. Good novels. Its seems he wrote the piece you are referring too.

Considering in that era, handel was able to do a lot as a musician and composer and was occupied throughout his time with many works and positions as musical director.

He was aged at that time and suffering several things and the comparison with the resurrection is probably allowable artistic licence. Great fun to think so.
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/05/18 11:52 AM


Ha ha ha.

Well as they said back in Dickens' time:

"I'm not a graver robber. I'm a resurrectionist."

smile
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/08/18 03:54 AM

'Whisperin' Bill Anderson is my go to guy for resurrecting a career writing comeback hit songs.

2009's "Joey" co write with Sugarland.... comes to mind. He had been quiet for a while before then.
Posted by: HearToLearn

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/08/18 04:54 AM

David, that was a truly amazing and inspired story! I love reading things like this. Thanks for sharing it.

BTW, if suddenly you go missing for 28 days, I will have HIGH expectations upon your return. wink

Of course combining your Elvis (The King) days with there being a king in this story (technically two...the King of England and the Messiah), I can't help but notice an theme to your posts. Kings be yo thing! You sir will emerge as King David?
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/08/18 06:59 AM

Then of course, there was that old blind guy..... what was his name....???

Oh yeah, Blind Mellon Chitlin with the hit, "Going down town".....
Posted by: sslechta

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/08/18 07:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Blind Mellon Chitlin with the hit, "Going down town".....

Hahahaha. Been a long time since I heard that.... BTW, Dave's not here.
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/08/18 08:06 AM

Wow - if this doesn't encourage someone to never give up, I don't know what will. Got a little bit of the goosebumps after reading this. I admittedly had no clue who Georg Friedrich Handel was, or what The Messiah sounded like. I looked up on YouTube and instantly recognized it.

I also ended up further down the rabbit hole and wound up reading about his life on Wikipedia. It's stunning what he overcame - a very interesting man with a very interesting life, indeed. Someone should make a movie about him!
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/08/18 09:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
'Whisperin' Bill Anderson is my go to guy for resurrecting a career writing comeback hit songs.

2009's "Joey" co write with Sugarland.... comes to mind. He had been quiet for a while before then.





I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Anderson when I was working for Decca. Class Act. Genuine. Nice fella. Big hat. grin



Regards,


Bob
Posted by: HearToLearn

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/08/18 05:46 PM

Originally Posted By: sslechta
Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Blind Mellon Chitlin with the hit, "Going down town".....

BTW, Dave's not here.


Who?

I could SO hear that in my head perfectly. That was FUNNY! Well played!
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 03/17/18 05:14 PM

Man I am here!!! I have been posting songs y'all.

But BIAB audiophile 2018 has me immersed man.

I am working on my new album HTL.

Prince Lord David the Triumphant Noblest King: A Salute to Genius and Humility

Patience, man, patience!!!
Posted by: jimmadsen

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 04/10/18 02:31 PM

That was just what I needed to hear to keep plugging away! Thanks for posting.
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 04/11/18 12:19 PM


Hey man, glad it worked!

Can't wait to hear your next tune!!!


smile
Posted by: rayc

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 05/26/18 12:36 AM

Handel moved to live in England in 1712 and had been popular there for quite some time before he wrote the Messiah. He'd made a name for himself writing Italian operas for the continentally minded Poms.
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: An Encouraging Music Lesson for Older People - 06/08/18 05:33 AM


Right.

But this was a comeback story of sorts, maybe embellished through the years, but still inspirational. He definitely has a slump and some major issues and setbacks the Messiah was his comeback.

But all other history duly noted as was stated in the OP.