Saturday, November 10, 2007

Music and the Soul

Do me a favor. Listen to my song on the top of the list over on the left. Let it be your blanket for a minute. Debussy's, "Au Claire De La Lune", has been in my life for a long time. I wanted to learn it really well in 9th grade. My piano teacher started me on the sheet music and I just never finished learning it. The first page: Beautiful. Second page: a train crashing into several parked cars. Throughout High School, I [had] to play the organ for a couple of wards and accompany the school vocal jazz ensemble (which they gave away my vocal solos so I could play the STUPID piano parts, which I promise I'm not still angry about), so I still did not have time to sit down and learn this beautiful piece.
I still have this intense love affair with La Lune, it sings to me, makes my bones soft, and can bring tears to my eyes any time of the day. Sometimes I sneak 1 minute 30 so I can just play the first page and pretend that's all there is.
I think the reason we have these intense feelings for certain pieces of music are because they remind us of our wonderful past. Or wonderful parts of our regular past:) I remember being 7 years old, and of course having nothing to do in a family of a thousand children, we improvised. It was a rainy day in the summer, and I remember as if it was in slow motion, jumping on an exercise trampoline with my sisters in the living room to The William Tell Overture blaring on the tape player. And playing my cello for the school orchestra at the age of 13, looking up into the flourescent gym lights and thinking I could someday play on a stage in Carnegie Hall. I used to listen the beautiful melody float into the air as my older sister Rachel played the Bach Double on the violin and in that moment, I thought she was some kind of goddess.
Ah, the more music in our lives, the better. Without it, where would we be???

9 comments:

Debbi said...

This post is so true - and smells as well. Just this morning on our way to church Wade said it smelled good outside (it had just rained). He said he had an awsome memory with it. Your picture is wonderful

Rebecca said...

Claire de Lune is the only song my mom learned in high school that she could still play by memory. And I only learned the first page too. But Levi and I did buy a piano yesterday, so maybe I'll try again...

maren out my laundry said...

I could not agree more with the more music in our lives. I grew up on beautiful music such as this and a piano always being played. I miss that, I"ve been thinking of getting an electric piano, cause my house will not fit a large one.
I would love this sheet music too. beautiful!

Simply Prim Creations said...

It is one of my favorites also. But I can't play any music with more than 3 flats.

Nicki said...

Sarah! I don't even know how I ended up on your blog (random clicking on friends' links while i'm on conf calls at work?) but I'm so happy that I discovered this haven of goodness! :) Your girls are absolutely adorable! And it looks like they keep you busy! (and like you keep yourself QUITE busy-- working and momming at the same time!!) Hope all is well!

Love,
Nicki Rime Brammer

Erica said...

I had a music box that would play this - it was my grandmother's and it would play me to sleep until I left for college. Such a beautiful peice and such a wonderful post!

StrykerLOVE said...

sarah every time i ck out your blog i am so so so glad that this is the music playing. instead of some loud obnoxious 80 music from some i've heard! its a breath of air.

Anonymous said...

I love the song i always put it on a stand alone player and listen to it while im doing school!!

Megan (Jennifers Daughter)

Evans Family said...

Sarah, I'm sorry that I don't ever comment. I always run commentary in my head, however. The music is inspirational enough to make even the most talkative head person into a blogger. I love that picture and I love the music. Thanks. . .