The title of this book, Don’t Die With Your Music Still Inside You, really grabbed me. It made me think of my own father who upon retiring started a second career as a jazz musician playing soprano saxophone. He got really good and recorded himself, using his computer to make his own CDs. Since having a stroke a few years back he listens to the recordings he made and laments that he can’t play as well as he used to. Still, it’s a good thing that he documented his music, and practicing music aided his recovery and was very therapeutic. I know of other musicians in the same boat, getting older and near the end of their journeys and wanting to get that music out there, the stuff in their heads, that they are uniquely qualified to play. I am reminded of the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line where he is in Sun Studios and Sam Phillips refuses to record the generic gospel tune he has chosen and tells him to record a song that really matters, as if he was going to die and this song was all he would leave the world as his legacy. A song that only he could sing. And he responds with “I hear that train a’ coming, coming round the bend…”
Anyway, the title really reminded me of my dad, and I had seen Wayne Dyer on public television and he kind of reminded me of my dad, too. My father was a computer programmer, for the large Main Frame computers, since before the dawn of the Personal Computer and the Internet. Though he wasn’t a spiritual guru like Wayne Dyer, his colleagues did call him Obi Wan Kenobi. Wayne Dyer not only reminded me in some way of my own father, but impressed me as someone who was on a spiritual path encompassing not only Christianity, but also other teachings. Simply, that God is everywhere, and we are all connected to God, we are all part of God, and God is love. The title of this book refers to the idea of Dharma. That as part of God, we are all part of God’s plan and have a unique purpose, a calling if you will. As Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”
It turns out that the title of this book is also the first of 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, another book by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. There are ten chapters, each a reflection on one of the ten secrets from Wayne’s daughter, Serena, followed by a response and summary by Wayne. I enjoyed the summaries more than the rest because they were concise and I could accept the words of a wise old sage like my father more than I could from a whippersnapper, like my younger sister. Other people might relate more to her, and her take on the ten topics might resonate more for them. I am going to give this book to my sister, and I might check out some of Wayne Dyer’s other books.