Music

I can not play the piano. I can not play violin. I can not read music.  I can not play guitar. I can not play the ukulele. But my  friends can. So I am content…for now. I can sing. That is all. But I love it. I have decided that music is amazing.

So in tribute to music I am posting this post. Music you are great.

And now I will post a totally random song that I love and have been singing all day.

 

Pie day

When I was little ( 9-12) I had a pie “business” in Iowa. Now don’t laugh when you hear this extremely Iowan fact. I got blue ribbons at the county fair 2 years in a row for my apple pie. I still have them. They told me I could have gone to the state fair if I was older and if I had written down the recipe for them ( It is my own recipe and it is not written down anywhere…expect for one lady who I gave it to.) So anyway, enough boasting. Point is, I love making pies. So this week I made two. Apple and raspberry. They were yummy (the raspberry was the best) and I enjoyed making them!

Dough

Mary

My family has a Christmas tradition (as of three or four years.) We watch “The Nativity Story” every Christmas eve. This year as we were watching it it struck me that Mary was (at least in the movie) the same age as I am this Christmas. My age. I think of myself in her place. Becoming betrothed at this young age, and then an angel of the lord appearing before me telling me that I would bear the savior. I think of how unworthy I am to be offered Christ’s salvation, let alone  to carry him in my womb. How must Marry have felt?

And to tell your betrothed and your family that you are pregnant, claiming that the child was conceived of the holy spirit. I would probably not believe Mary if I knew her today. How much courage it must have taken!

Then to travel far away from your parents and home town, give birth in a strange town, and not only that but in a stable. How lonely she must have felt giving birth with only Joseph and the animals around her. Missing the comfort of her mother and the celebration that comes with child birth. Oh but how much joy she must have felt when her baby son, the king of the world and the savior of not only her people but of the world, was placed in her arms.

And when the shepherds came and spoke of the miraculous singing and rejoicing they have just witnessed in honor of her son. I understand why she would ponder all these things in her heart.

Could I do this? If an Angel of the Lord told me I must bear the Christ in my womb would I simply say “Let it be to me.” I don’t know what I would have done.

I wanted to post the song that Mary sang in praise to the lord, but I got a bit sidetracked. Here is Luke 1:46-55.

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

-Luke 1:46-55

A drawing I did tonight. Very sloppy. I didn't do any of the things I was taught, and I did it in about 15 mins. But You understand what it is a drawing of, I hope.

Child of the Promise

This is a Musical of The Nativity. Its so good! It is called ‘Child of the Promise.’ I have listened to it since I was little.

It starts with Micah, Jeremiah, Zachariah fortelling the birth of the Chirst. They come out one by one and then sing in unison. Oh its so good! Then it goes to Zacharias in the temple the angel Gabriel sings a powerful song (The guy who plays Gabriel is amazing! The best in the show! he is played by Russ Taff) Then Zacharias sings a song of disbelief (After All These Years) which ends in Gabriel’s rebuke.

Oh yah. Did I mention that Zacharias is played by the one and only (drum roll please) Michael Crawford!! And he is amazing! Any way back to the story…

Then one thing leads to another, John in born (When The Dream Never Dies), Mary is visited by and angle (Let it be), Joseph doesn’t believe her and sing this sadish love song ( The Mary I know), They journey to Bethlehem (I Wanted All That For You), Jesus is born, The shepherd are in their fields and they sing this great song(Nothing ever happens to a Shepherd), Then Gabriel and other angels come and sing a goose bump song (Glory To God).

Then the plot thickens! The wise men meet with King Herod (This casting is also great! Danny Gans plays King Herod), King Herod Plots his evil plot and sings a great villain song (I Have To Do What I Have To Do), Then the wise men come.

Then comes the part when we all cry.”Joseph And Simeon Recitative” and “What My Eyes Have Seen” Sung by Amy Grant  plays Anna the prophetess (I know she has a young voice but its still beautiful), and Vince Gill plays Simeon. They are wonderful songs that get me every time.

Then Joseph has the dream warning him to leave because of King Herod. They walk off and the whole cast comes out and sings “Child of the Promise”

This is the opening song. I know some of the prophets sound really young. But it is still wonderful!

 

The creepiest Christmas song that ever creeped on the earth

So this song is not really all that creepy once you get about 35 seconds into it. But those first 35 seconds get me every time I hear them. The “Zaauzzzauzzzzauzzzaudozudozuua” noise in the background. Ah! Talk about creepy!

So with out further ado…The creepiest Christmas song that ever creeped on the earth…Annie Lenox sings “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”