Music that Binds Us Together

In every class I teach, at some point, I will play Bach’s prelude for cello. It is one of my favorite pieces of music and I have found that it is a good way to introduce Bach to young listeners. I believe it is because this music really speaks to the heart of who Bach…

Elgar: The Poet

This performance of British composer Sir Edward Elgar’s (1857-1934) String Serenade in e minor features the string section of the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra playing some of the most celebrated string music of all time. I really enjoy watching string players as they pull the bow across the strings and their instrument becomes an extension of…

Dvorak’s New World Symphony

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) is known as one of the leading composers of Czech national music. His music is infused with the spirit of Bohemian folk song and dance. His Style Dvorak rarely quoted actual folk melodies but instead his works have a folk quality. In other words, they remind you of folk music that is…

Church Mission Trip

Last Sunday my husband and I went on a long over due trip into D.C. to visit a few of my favorite paintings. In particular, the focus was to find all of the Frederick Edwin Church paintings that are housed in our nation’s capitol. Between the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of…

Cultivating Our Awe of God

Confession I must admit, I am guilty of forgetting the power of God. I become so caught up in my own problems that I forget how great is our God! Contemplation What kinds of things can we do to remind ourselves of the beauty and majesty of our Lord? What things should we consider dialing…

A Balm in Gilead

OK, so it has been a rough week–and maybe even a rough month. I have been suffering long enough that I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever be completely whole again… Nothing that serious. It will pass and there will be healing, but it has caused me to pause with more compassion in my…

Adventures in Music and Healing

 I had coffee with my dear friend Diane this past week. I enjoyed hearing about her discovery of playing the harp and I was interested to learn more of how it had gotten her through a particularly dark time. Below is the story of her adventure into buying a Concert Harp. May it give you courage and…

A New Jerusalem that Springs from Our Hearts

   Week #6 Apostles’ Creed: “on the third day he rose from the dead…” The remarkable thing about the Resurrection is that no one actually sees it. We hear in Matthew about  “a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and…rolled back the stone…” in Mark the angel speaks; “He has risen!” in Luke there are…