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rogerashton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 04:30 PM
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Living in ragtime.
Got my head examined today. (I fell down and busted it Dec. 10). EEG. I'll get the results on Monday.

What's really puzzling is how positive and cheerful I have been most of the time. People who know my problem, or know me, would not expect that. I know me and I didn't. Is it possible the part of my brain I damaged is the part that used to generate those mean, dark, depressive moods?

I was groping for how to express it, and what popped into my mind was "Sure, I've had my blue moments, when I was pretty miserable or angry at being a burden or things didn't seem to be getting better -- but even in the blue riffs the backbeat was always ragtime."

OK, I'm not musical, and maybe that metaphor doesn't work so well for a person who knows from music. And ragtime is a specialist interest. I love it -- got two versions of Scott Joplin's complete works. It's not that ragtime is happy music, exactly -- it's not often sad, though -- but it's relentless, keeps going, keeps moving on into the future, keeps promising an up resolution -- even if you need to wait a little longer. At least that's what I hear in it.

There's worse things than living in ragtime.
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