As most of you will know, Diane has become, over time, our Promotions Manager. So much of what happens with us has been directed by her constant hard work and commitment.
We asked Diane, if she would mind expressing some thoughts on why she does what she does and how she came to be such an important part of The Updraft Imperative.
These are her thoughts...
I don’t have a musical bone in my body. I can’t tell you about bridges, riffs, licks, phrases and hooks. But somehow music has stirred a part of me that had been dormant for so long that I hadn’t even realised it was there.
No wonder life felt incomplete.
I have so much respect and admiration (if not a little jealousy) for those who have been blessed with the talent, skill, ability, gift – whatever you choose to call it, to write and play music.
That admiration goes even deeper for those who can write music that has the power to make the listener feel that it has been written solely for them. Many of us have ‘our song’, a piece of music that touches us deep within, or transports us to a special place.
It blows my mind when that happens. How can the writer see right into my heart and soul, know what I think and feel and write about it so succinctly? Especially when I struggle to understand it myself?
The reality is of course, they can’t. But it’s an amazing and powerful gift these songwriters have that lets people feel that they can.
But is it really a gift? Or is it just plain and simple honesty?
Life often deals us a hand that at the time we think we can’t cope with. That we aren’t strong enough to deal with. I’m under no illusion that I’m not the only person on the world to have ever experienced feelings like that. Although at the time that I was feeling them, I genuinely believed my pain was far greater than anything anybody else had ever had to contend with.
When I had all but given up on life, music happened. A song touched me. It felt like someone had reached inside me, pulled out and unravelled all the mixed up feelings, thoughts and emotions and spun them into (what was to me) a musical masterpiece
It’s only with the benefit of hindsight that I can see this was when music started to heal my broken heart, brought me back to life and set me on a path to rediscovering unconditional love.
Is music really that powerful? Was it all down to music? I suppose that largely depends on personal belief and can’t be answered with a simple yes or no.
Music was (pardon the pun) instrumental in me finding that long forgotten part of me. It wasn’t the only contributing factor – there were some awesome people that helped out along the way, and above all there was a greater force’s guiding hand overseeing things, but were it not for music opening my eyes and more importantly my heart, I’m not sure I would be where I am today. The truly awesome thing is that the guiding hand I refer to knew that, and lead me to the music that would speak to me.
So what do you do when you find something so precious? When something has unlocked your heart and opened your eyes? The temptation is to keep it to yourself. But I can tell you with absolute conviction that would mean depriving yourself of untold joy. The joy that sharing brings.
I am blessed - you might prefer to use fortunate or lucky. Fortunate I can live with, but luck really doesn’t feature in this for me. I consider myself blessed to be in a position that allows me to share the music that has been so significant in my life on a grand and exciting scale.
Of course you will have gathered by now that I’m referring to The Updraft Imperative. The band who, from the other side of the world have made such an impact on my life with their music. Through which I now have an unquenchable desire to share it with the world. I know how powerful it is. I know first-hand the difference it can make to a person. The joy it can bring, and the soul searching it can prompt.
I believe (there’s a great title for a song) wholeheartedly in the work that Josh, Pete and Murray do through their ministry and music. I’m truly blessed to be a part of it. I have a sense of purpose that is so rewarding and so exhilarating that it doesn’t feel like work at all.
Recently they referred to me as the fourth cog in The Updraft Imperative machine. That’s a place I’m not just happy, but honoured to be. It just goes to show what can happen when you don’t just open your ears to a song, you let the message into your heart.
So the next time you listen to a song, try it. You might be as surprised and as overjoyed as I have been with where it can take you.