Posts Tagged ‘strings’

Musical Family Fun + Spiritual Renewal = Church Music Night

May 30, 2010

Some of my favorite Family Fun involves playing music together and tonight we had a delightful opportunity to play at the church music night. It was so fun to hear everyone else’s contributions, too! Afterward, we had fun chatting and just generally being encouraged before the week starts all over again.

It was some Family Fun in the broader sense of the word “family.”

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More Musical Family Fun

April 24, 2010

Today was our yearly recital with our strings teacher, Amy. She has a lot of students, so the recital is quite an event. Today, I got to accompany Eleanor’s cello solo. I also got to sit and enjoy hearing Margaret and Tim play their solos, as well as Tim play in a trio.

It really was family fun because everyone except Clara and Levi got to attend and be “cheerleaders.” I love it when the bigger kids make an effort to support the younger ones. (Plus, Eleanor and Margaret had some special attendees since Brenna and Tehya got to come,too.)

And, I’ve said it before on this blog, those solos did not materialize via a last minute cram session. Eleanor, Margaret and Tim practice a little bit every day and by recital time, they’ve made tons of progress. It’s Flylady strategy in action.

Spiritual Renewal and Music

September 21, 2009

Our routine includes a time each week to practice music together so we can contribute special music at church on a regular basis.  Yesterday was our first special music contribution this fall.  I LOVE doing special music with my family!    I love practicing together.  I love tweaking a piece.  I love, love, love hearing my children make music together.  My spirit is renewed every time we practice as well as when we contribute at church.

Yesterday, Amelia, Margaret and Eleanor led the singing of the opening chorus and I accompanied them on the piano.  We chose “See What a Morning,” and Amelia introduced it by reading in I Corinthians 15:

12But now if Christ (the Messiah) is preached as raised from the dead, how is it that some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen;

14And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is in vain [it amounts to nothing] and your faith is devoid of truth and is fruitless (without effect, empty, imaginary, and unfounded).

Amelia (on the piano), Clara, Jacob and Tim played a strings medley of “Glorify Thy Name” and “We Will Glorify.”  Clara played melody on the cello.  It’s so nice to have Amelia and Clara around to fill out our strings group again.  We really need that cello!

So, I am blessed and my spirit is renewed every time we practice and I’m blessed again when we play at church.  All of this blessing occurs because we set aside a specific time in our schedule to practice.  We are not rushing around practicing at the last minute.  We are not trying to figure out on Saturday night at 9pm what we are going to play on Sunday morning.  We are not avoiding volunteering to contribute music at church.  All thanks to Flylady routines.

Now, I’m going to go order some more strings ensemble music to practice over the next few months.