UZOKWE'S SEARCHLIGHT

Friday, November 5, 2021
obiuzokwe@comcast.net
Harrisburg, PA, USA
WHAT MUSIC DOES FOR ME AND COULD DO FOR YOU TOO

have a series of hobbies. I love to write. Thanks to Nigeriaworld for introducing my writings to the world. I love to exercise and have done so for the past 30 years! I love to play the guitar and sing. Some people wonder how I make time to attend to all of them. I manage to juggle them and enjoy every one of them.

My YouTube music channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePontis/featured

But one of the hobbies has a very special place in my heart because of what it does to and for me. It is playing my guitar and singing along. I love it so much that when I was still in Nigeria, I took a demo of my songs to EMI records to see if they could be waxed and released. That effort did not yield dividend because of certain Nigerian peculiarities then.

I learnt how to play the guitar at the university of Nigeria, back in the 80s, in the time of Chris Okotie the musician. Then, on most Friday evenings, my contemporaries and me will play and sing, in my room, for hours on end.

By the time we end our jam sessions, sometime in the wee hours of the night, one would go to bed around midnight with a feeling of contentment, serenity and calm. I would go to bed around midnight and because of that feeling of serenity, wake up around 10:00 am the next day, feeling refreshed. I started then to develop the impression that, in addition to the fun I derived from playing music, I also derived a quality-of-life enhancement benefit - serenity and good sleep.

I have continued to play here in the United States, especially other artists’ songs and publish them on YouTube. The serenity benefit continues. Most nights, on return from work and after dinner, just before bed, I will pick up my guitar and play one or two tunes. Once I get immersed in a song, slowly, I would feel a certain quiescence descending on me, culminating in a peaceful night’s sleep.

As I write, I have played and published, on YouTube, as many as 70 songs by other artists. You can find the songs by clicking https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePontis/featured Feel free to subscribe to my channel so you can be notified whenever I upload a new song.

I will always encourage my readers to pick up and learn to play an instrument – guitar, organ, etc. An instrument that will enable you sing at the same time so you will be fully immersed whenever you play. That way you will always get the full benefit - serenity which, in itself, is a quality-of-life enhancer.

Author of the books- 1. Nigeria: Contemporary Commentaries and Essays

2. Surviving in Biafra: The Story of the Nigerian Civil War

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