30 Days of Thanks-Day 10

Playing catchup again-this week has been insanely busy! So I’ll keep this one short and sweet. I am so thankful for music and being able to teach music at my church. I’m no expert, to be sure. But I remember what my teachers shared with me along the way, and it made music such a vital, vibrant part of who I am. As stressful as it can sometimes be, it is also deeply rewarding. Bonus: the kids shower me with hugs!

Do you remember the movie August Rush? One of the standout lines from it goes like this:”You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” Love that.

One of my favorite songs ever is What a Wonderful World, especially the version by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. (Of couse, I also adore Louis Armstrong’s, too so either one is a winner!) Here’s a LINK to a video of this song that I made featuring my favorite people-my family!

So my advice for you is to slow down today and listen to music that inspires you and motivates you. Or makes you want to dance. You could always sing along in the car despite the weird looks you might get!

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Mr. Darcy comes to Spartanburg

One of my favorite movies of all times is Pride and Prejudice-the scenery, the dialogue, the music! Love it! So when I read that Dario Marianelli, the composer of the movie’s original score, was coming to Spartanburg for a concert, I flipped! Swoonworthy music performed by an orchestra? The dormant violinist in me was jealous and wishing I could play, too. (Can we say “orchestra geek”? The phrase “this one time, at orchestra camp…” comes to mind!) And not just any music, but a world premiere (just sayin’)! Marianelli arranged the various pieces from the movie into one suite, and the results were breathtaking. For someone who still gets chills at the scene where Mr. Darcy crosses the field to get to Elizabeth, just hearing that music makes the hairs on my arms stand up. It doesn’t hurt that I bought the soundtrack on iTunes and know each song’s name and when it was played in the movie. OK, I just solidified my geek status, but I’m OK with that.

Not only were we treated to the music from Pride and Prejudice, but they also performed music from the movie Atonement, which Marianelli also scored. So it was kind of a double bonus (for you NCAA basketball fans). And the Atonement music did not disappoint, either (unlike the movie-ugh)–highlights included a typewriter used as percussion (so creative) and the singing of a hymn by a male chorus simultaneous with the orchestra to evoke the feeling of the Battle of Dunkirk. I left the concert impressed and pleasantly surprised that our small town could host such amazing talent.

Which brings up an interesting question: I felt compelled to attend the concert but had to rationalize going and spending time away from my family on a Saturday night. Why is that? And had my mom and a friend not wanted to go with me, would I have gone alone? I have learned that I still need to make time for me and my interests…but it’s easier to do that now that the kids are a bit older. Geez, I remember the days when I could hardly go to the bathroom without interruption!

So, friends, what things are you making time for in your busy schedule or better yet, SHOULD be making time for and maybe aren’t?

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