Solace in a Song

Along the Way. . .

Experiences, Insights & Humor on the “Long Road Home”

By Steven Maisenbacher

Walks On The Grass

Well, I am getting closer to the final destination – we all are, one second at a time – but I want to touch on something that is kinda cool, maybe a tad bit dark but with a happy ending. see, for all my bravado in my younger years, I was actually petrified of dying. I was afraid and unsure of the end, tried to rationalize my fears and thoughts on the subject in a zillion ways, but after all, the one debt we all owe is a death. We all are born, we live for a finite amount of time, all of us, so we are born, we live, then we die.

The thing of it is, the world has been cooking up so many possible afterlife scenarios since the first sunrise. All the religions of the world have their own twist on what happens and where we go, so we’ve got plenty to cogitate on as far as that goes. But the one thing that scared me more than anything was going before I made my peace with the Creator and turned my life around.

Well as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to grips with the inevitable and found the biggest push toward inner self peace and understanding in one of the most unlikely places. My favorite band!

After you have read this little commentary, check out the band Dream Theatre and look for one of the older live versions of their song, “The Spirit Carries On.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBCNLzhHYYo  Nov. 2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGGYvXFRdhM  2013 Live at Luna Park with Lyrics

I’m sure that if you do this you will see why I am no longer a mess in my own head where death of this earthly body is concerned.  I’m not exaggerating because I have faced some pretty serious issues since I discovered this particular ditty and it has given me much comfort.

The Spirit Carries On
Dream Theater 

Free of the fear and the pain
My questioning mind
Has helped me to find
The meaning in my life again
Victoria's real
I finally feel
At peace with the girl in my dreams
And now that I'm here
It's perfectly clear
I found out what all of this means
If I die tomorrow
I'd be all right
Because I believe
That after we're gone
The spirit carries on.
Source: MetroLyrics

The song’s message allowed me so much more strength and defiance that I made it thru every issue. Eventually though, my day will come and I’m ready for it. Now, don’t get it twisted, I am in no hurry, I’m way too busy with future plans to even contemplate making a date to test the entire theory. But I will say try this beautiful song on for size and apply it however you can. It might help make a little less anxiety over the whole matter.  I know it works for me.

Let me go on to say that while this may not be the longest jaunt I have laid out here for you, it has allowed me to toss out the fact that Dream Theatre is my favorite band, so while we are in the neighborhood let me also suggest you give a listen to some of their better tracks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgIZaL4tROI   Top 10 Dream Theater Songs

If you enjoy this sampling, you may want to Google some of my personal favorites: Raising the Knife, Misunderstood, Illumination Theory, On The Backs Of Angels, Metropolis, Sacrificed Sons.

These are just a few songs that I love and listen to at least weekly. As of late, I have also been on a retro kick and have been getting into the now defunct band “Head East.” I love all the stuff off of Flat as a Pancake and also Getting’ Lucky, but any of their live stuff is just good clean rock n roll, not too hard, not too soft, just right. Smile. And with that folks, I’m gonna close this one up. I do hope you will take the info offered up and check ‘em out.

I will probably be done with what I’m figuring to be book 2 “Along the Way” before Christmas and may or may not continue to write about my journey before I get out. So I’m wondering, what do ya think?  If you will, please send your thoughts and comments. I cannot see this site from where I am, but Sings tells me of all the comments and I love to hear what you think. So thank you, especially to those of you who are in fact following and reading what I have to say. I love hearing about little emoji’s you post. That means a whole lot to me and lets me feel that maybe someone has faith in me…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Something really awesome just happened for Walks and he wants to tell you about it, so stay tuned to read about “The Gift” before Christmas. Sings

© Steven “Walks On The Grass” Maisenbacher, December, 2021

Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an elder in my 9th decade. I have lived an ordinary life, I’ve done all the ordinary and expected things, went to school, got married, raised a family, tried to be a good person. Throughout this life I have also been a seeker, an outsider by nature, always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. Then in my golden years, as I sought to find meaning in my existence, some unexpected things happened and I’ve since learned it took a lifetime to prepare me for the challenge to come. My journey – indeed my calling - led me to come to know a remarkable man who happened to be an inmate in federal prison. Nothing could have been more foreign to my personal experience. GHOST DANCER Communicating daily for nearly nine years I had the opportunity to walk many paths with Ghost discussing our thoughts on many common interests with candor and respect. With enormous generosity Ghost has allowed me to share his wisdom and knowledge of his Native American heritage on Journeys of the Spirit. Over time, Ghost gradually revealed his life story in small bits, like scrambled pieces of some gigantic puzzle. Now, after spending more than 40 years in prison, Ghost Dancer is at last free and ready to tell his amazing personal story. As the saying goes, “you can’t make this stuff up” and as his friend and editor I can say this is a story so big that even after working with him for nearly nine years, I continue to be astonished as he shares new details my mind simply could never imagine. From the very first chapter, Ghost leads us on his journey and invites us to walk with him on his Nene Cate (Red Road). From the day he was born, a happy, loving gifted child, he endured heartbreaking sorrows, betrayals and exploitations. Through it all, Ghost fought a system determined to destroy him by any means, as he struggled to remain true to his calling. Through Ghost Dancer I also met and came to know Walks On The Grass, another federal prisoner whose story is also compelling even though very different. In Journeys of the Spirit, Walks has shared his decades-long journey from deep addiction to wholeness in LONG ROAD HOME and shared other bits of his story in ALONG THE WAY. Now as he approaches his August release into this crazy world of 2022 Walks shares his the thoughts and misgivings as he counts down to the big day in LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE.

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