Are you aware of the power of music? I was reading my son’s college essay last night and due to a recent loss, I too have been keenly aware of the power of music in our family’s life. Are you aware as well? I have always had music in my life, despite my parents’ lack of raising with much listening. However they did get me started playing piano at a young age, and I became a serious student. I was also in band and chorus, and listened to music incessantly, even sleeping with the radio on. In high school I was the organist for a youth church group’s performance of Godspell, which went on the road.
I continued to pursue singing in a Chamber choral choir in college, singing renaissance rich harmonies in a small group and culminating with a public performance of my favorite piece of music, Handel’s Messiah, each December.
I am now grateful that I have given the joy and gift of music to my children. My daughter also became a serious pianist and a beautiful singer, performing in her high school a cappella group. Her senior year I had the honor of standing next to her for her final candlelight service, joining her in the joy of song. My son has pursued his love and passion through the guitar, and has begun to overcome his shyness and has placed two videos on the web for the public to see. Quite a challenge for this shy yet gifted boy to overcome.
So listen, play, sing, but feel it. It moves you, it changes your being, it rocks you to the core. It can make you cry or force you to dance.
Enjoy the holidays and I leave you with a piece that does not fail to bring me to my knees with its beauty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPW3cVJ12Yw