Last night, I met thirty of my a cappella chorus-mates on Zoom (video chat) to catch up on life away from the risers. Yesterday morning, ten church choir members chatted for a while (again, on Zoom) about our new normal. It was good to see their faces. One church keyboardist even emailed a piano track to a song we sing, so I pulled out my guitar and played along. It soothed the sore spot in my musical soul. 🙂
What are you grateful for today?
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Today, I’m grateful for singing harmony with friends.
There’s something about adding a harmony to a beautifully sung melody that lifts my spirit to a higher plane. It’s like living inside the music for a moment in time. And I’m grateful for the experience.
At least once a week, I sing with some incredibly talented women in an a cappella chorus. Then, at church, I sing with many dedicated choir members. And also at church, I get to play guitar with several multi-talented singers and musicians. What a blessing to experience their gifts!
Today, I’m grateful for February 14, 2020, the 50th anniversary of my first guitar lesson!
Sometimes, I think I should be a heck of a lot better at it, since I’ve been playing for fifty years. But I’m not. I’m an average musician who’s satisfied with the level I’ve reached and I’m ok that perfection isn’t my goal. Playing makes me happy — especially playing with a group of other musicians, making beautiful music together.
Last night, while playing it at church, I felt lost in the songs, an integral part of the music, part of the momentum of prayer. I was drawn to the guitar at a young age and have had a love/hate relationship with it ever since. When my right shoulder froze a couple of years ago, I stopped playing for almost a year. It’s good to be back at it.
Today, I’m grateful for music. It’s always been a part of my life, and this time of year music is truly special. I belong to an a cappella chorus that’ll sing for five holiday events this month. On top of that, there’s the church choir and the worship band, where I offer my meager guitar skills. And, of course, there’s my Christmas playlist, which includes Garth Brooks, Jewel, and Pentatonix, among others, which I’ll be blasting whenever I get the chance.