I got home after dark. There was a brief time The Regan Brothers, my 3 boys and their bassist Walker, actually practiced in my basement. I walked in to a dog hidden away on the 3rd floor from the sound intensity, and lots of sound beneath.
What sound. They were writing more original music and in jamming freely they had caught some sounds that were about to create a new song. They played and experimented and perfected and then I happened to come home. I fell in love with the intensity of the music in this piece. I cracked open the basement door. I set my phone on the floor to record it. I could not believe the sound they were making, the energy. I stood still and listened.
This piece reminded me of them, their exuberance, their imaginations. It made me think of how they played "cowboys and indians," growing up, how they played baseball and basketball, how they played capture the flag. It made me think of rock music their dad had played when they were little. Certain songs they would want to hear to get "pumped up" for something. Something to hear before a baseball game or when they wanted to run really fast. There were certain songs they would request.
They played this at their New Years Eve show last month. It was the first song for 2015. I loved how the crowd was singing the words with them, loved the crowd making whooping sounds at certain points in time to the music, loved how people had to gather up front, drawn to the exciting sound of moving toward something the boys were generating.
People ask all the time, what is it like to be the mother of such a talented trio? To watch them play together? ( I adore their band mate Walker, too.) I am never quite sure what to say.
It is exactly the same as it has always been. I am filled with love. Filled with respect. Filled with adoration. Filled with delight. Filled with the blessing that I got, and get, to mother them.
I like to think of children, like they were, hearing their music and being inspired by it. Hearing the thump of the drum and the driving bass sound and the guitar and keys building energy. Urging them forward toward an achievement. Whether they are facing a race or a test or you want them to clean their playroom fast, the instrumental middle of this song might drive them forward. Just like music affected them when they were little.
Want to run faster and jump higher? Put some music in your ears!
Melissa Regan is a Storyteller who is honored to celebrate the life you live and the people you love. She partners with individuals at significant times of life and loss, supporting them by creating and presenting their loved ones story at a service or by planning an inspirational day of rememberance and reflection.
Melissa spent time as a critical care nurse before she became specialized in the field of organ donation. Melissa was well known for the care she gave grieving families and did this delicate work for 14 years. Her experience lead to her teaching heartfelt methods of communication to donation specialists around the world.
Inspired by everything these families taught her, she expanded her perspective on life by studying Positive Psychology, earning both a CiPP and a CAPP. She received training as an end of life doula through INELDA. She has a special grace all her own when it comes to supporting us at times of change and loss.
Melissa is a wife, mother, lifelong learner, and a lover of the wonder you can find in a single moment. She brings this wonder to her public speaking, connecting us to the grandness and depth always present in the day to day.
“Take a day to be thoughtful... the rest of your life is here.”