Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


Late Bloomers on the Music Scene

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Jesse Cohen refers to himself as a “late bloomer.” But, late blooming flowers are stars in their season. And, at an age when most adults are pondering retirement and golf courses, Cohen is making music. He picked up the guitar at the age of 17, but didn’t really start learning how to play until in his 30’s. Living in New York City, Cohen tried to reach fame and glory but didn’t succeed. Being an avid reader, Cohen came across a book that spoke of a trumpet player in Mexico. The trumpet player performed at weddings, parties, funerals, community parades, and so on. Cohen was struck by the genuineness of the trumpet player’s story and he took up music again but from a different facet.

Cohen moved to upstate New York to raise his son with the child’s mother. He joined a local band, but also played on his own with a few other musicians who had the self-discipline to improve their skills. Soon the Blues Maneuver band was formed and for the last couple of decades, the band performs regularly at parks, fund-raisers, fairs, restaurants, weddings, reunions, and so on. The musicians have enlarged their repertoire and established an aura that brings fame to harmony and energy.

From Science and Health, “Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and remains with it. Divine Principle is our Life. Our contentment is not therefore at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in our being is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.”

“My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.” (Ps. 57:7, NIV)



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