Funny how music brings back memories. In this case, it was of my good college friend Brooke. She played piano, but unlike I, who grew up playing classical music, she played music by vocal artists she knew and sang along while she played. She inspired me to do the same: I thought I'd have more fun playing songs I liked to sing anyway. This is the kind of music I play now, and I sing, and I enjoy it.
I haven't seen Brooke since her wedding, about 10 years ago. Last year Brooke died of breast cancer at the age of 33. Strange how playing the piano and singing can make me think of and miss a friend I haven't seen in 10 years. We lost contact - she moved away with her husband and had a child, I got caught up in my own life. It happens. I feel guilty that I am sad that she's gone, when it had been so long since we saw one another. But she never left my thoughts, and lots of things made me think of her during that time, even if we didn't stay in contact. We were very close, all those years ago, and I still think of her often.
Remembering her and her music inspired me to find and scan an old photo. We sang together in an acapella group in college. This is one of the pictures we took of the group in 1992. She is on the bottom left, and I'm second from the top right. Music. Memories.