I love all types of music. If you look at my Pandora stations, or my list on Sirius Satellite in my van, you would probably raise your eyebrows, or shake your head. Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, the 60’s thru 80’s, Eagles, Beatles are all on my favorites. I also like a bit of Reliant K, Chris LaDoux, Beethoven, and Bach. There is something about the music that calms me when I’m feeling stressed, or gets me moving when I am cleaning.
Music is supposed to be a universal language, yet it is very personal. There have been many Sundays when the lyrics and harmonies of a hymn have left me misty eyed, yet others around me are dry eyed. Of course, it may just be that I am a little more sappy than most.
I love to sing in our church choir. It is such a fun group. When you live in a small town, chances are good that you will see or interact with other members of the group outside of church. I sing in the tenor section with the husband of Jonathan’s kindergarten teacher, and with our former Postmaster, Linda. Yes, our section of three is two-thirds female. I took the place of another female after she lost her battle with cancer. Other members of the choir include our former mail man, Jonathan’s kindergarten teacher, Jonathan’s sister Sally, our chiropractor, the widow of my father-in-law’s barber, and many friends. We are led by Anna’s piano teacher, who is also our Pastoral Assistant, organist, and most importantly, friend. To sing with these people who have become like family is truly magical.
The violin in the photo is mine. Well, technically, it is my sister’s, but when I moved to a full sized violin, she had just graduated from high school, so it was handed down to me. I started playing in 5th grade, and chose the violin in part because Sheryl played. My first violin solo was at her wedding. I was still in high school, and I was also a bridesmaid. I’m not sure which role I was more nervous about! I still play at weddings, for church, and with the choir when needed. My favorite music has to be hymn arrangements and Christmas arrangements. I love traditional wedding music, but I have had the opportunity to play some really unique pieces that forced me out of my comfort zone. It is always an honor to be able to play with so many talented musicians whose goal is always to bring the bride’s vision to life. I am thankful for the mentors who have worked with me when I’ve struggled to get the music right. I really need to thank Gwen, especially. She has been so patient with me at times!
I am so thankful for the gift of music. I’m not referring to my talents (which, in all reality, are mediocre), but I am referring to the gifts that composers and performers have shared with us. Whether it is a catchy tune to listen to while working, or a sweet hymn sung with many others in your congregation, I am thankful for it all.
Let me leave you with one of my favorite hymns, in one of my favorite arrangements:
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