I have been playing the piano this morning. Longing, sweet, melancholy melodies that express what is inside me in a way that words can never do. Pouring frustrations out upon the keys. Feeling the feelings as they come.
Healing through the keys, through the instrument, through the music. One note at a time.
If you are looking for a listening or playing recommendation this morning, I heartily and unreservedly recommend Benny Andersson, Piano.
Many different instruments can be used to create the wonder that is celtic music. Fiddle, tinwhistle, low whistle, guitar, accordian, bodhran drum, uillean pipes, hammered dulcimer, piano…..I’m sure I’m leaving out some, but you get the basic idea. The other day as I was listening to a recording I tried to decide which instrument was my very favorite…the one I would miss the most if it was missing. The winner?……..
The tinwhistles and low whistles…without a doubt. Very expressive instruments that seem to “sing” the Irish melodies with just the right amount of melancholy or joy, depending on the tune. I have some whistles, and have yet to capture the right sound. Oh, I can play most of the notes, but there is so much more than that…the small little turns and dips and expression that makes it such a wonderful instrument. But I’m glad I can’t play them right yet; it gives me something to work on to keep me out of trouble! 🙂
Enjoy whatever kind of music you’re listening to today, and sing to the Lord a new song! Slainte, Lisa
I love learning new instruments, or at least attempting! I’ve played the piano since I was little, my comfort zone. But as the years have gone by, I find myself with an ever-growing collection of different instruments all clamoring for my attention. And it’s amazing how much harder Continue reading →