Music to the Rescue, Again

I just want to say for the hundredth time that I am so very thankful for music. The right song at the right time……aahh….instant relief, or pick up, or energizing, or whatever it is that I need.

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” ― Martin Luther

“I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” ― Ludwig Van Beethoven

It was a hard morning. Enough said. But as I drove in the car, I put on a favorite CD, cranked it up, and voila! After two minutes, I was singing, tapping the steering wheel, squiggle dancing in my seat. And what was that on my face? A smile. Truly miraculous.

Here are two musical selections for you pick from this morning if you need a pick-me-up. First one, if you need to dance. Second one, if you need to chill. Both great. Or find your own favorite style of music, put it on, and turn it up. Aaahhh….

Early Corrs, 1995, Haste To The Wedding
Nathan Carter, 2013, Caledonia

Blessings, Lisa

Music, Concocted With Joy

I’m a pretty simple person when it comes to music I like.  It makes me happy.  Super serious music (usually accompanied by somber faces set in stone whilst playing) leaves me cold.  My soul remains unmoved.  But give me a happy musician, who is obviously having fun while he/she plays, anytime.  And while I enjoy someone who is skilled musically, they don’t have to be the “best”.  Because sometimes in the quest to be the best, they forget why they started playing in the first place.  “Where morning dawns and evening fades, You call forth songs of joy.” (Psalm 65:8b)

Here is a guy who shows immense joy to me when he plays.  Tim Edey is very good at the guitar, yes….but watch his face.  He’s happy; he’s loving what he’s doing.  And there’s nothing better. (And Mike McGoldrick is totally amazing on the whistle; no need to breathe apparently!) Enjoy the music and your day.  Slainte, Lisa