Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Music...A Language In Itself

What do you feel when you hear a beautiful melody on the piano? Or when you hear that gorgeous solo played by a violin? You might be insensitive to it. Or you might just say, "Well, wasn't that nice". Or you might sit there and just let the music go through you. Well, I don't know about you, but when I hear that melody, I feel a sensation, and want to hear it over and over again. I may be listening to a orchestra concert that seems like the same thing over & over (and sometimes it is), then a little phrase will jump out and show me just how it's different and unique.

When I first started taking piano lessons, I enjoyed it, but my respect for it hadn't quite developed. As I've gotten older and become more advanced, I've come to love the instrument that I practice everyday. I love making music with it. For me, the piano and flute are a way to give praise to God. As Anna praises the Lord through her dance, it is my prayer to do so through music. It has never been my goal to become a concert pianist (not possible because of memorization difficulties!), but I would like to maybe one day teach to others the wonderful,
beautiful, God-given language of music! To come out of my room to get something, I risk being distracted by the piano. Just walking by it, I want to sit down and play something, and normally do. Then I'm satisfied and can go on about my business if I haven't forgotten it by then. Though I know that everyone doesn't share my sentiments, I sometimes wonder why other people don't go crazy over it like me. :) Thankfully my family does love music, too. I could probably go on and on about music, but I do better when I'm talking about it, not writing.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7


Ella said...

I too love music. Whenever Mom and I go to the Boise Philharmonic, I can potentially get goosebumps. (Especially Beethoven's Ode to Joy.) I, also like you, Miriam, use my "talent" on the piano to give praise to God. I get nervous when I play in front of people, but my pastor has encouraged me with 1 Peter 4:11. It has helped.

Samantha C. Brooks said...

Reading the first paragraph, I could tell this post was written by Miriam, because she's so passionate about music. :) It's great that you've found something you love to do, and I must say, you're very good at playing piano and flute!

Miriam Rebekah said...

Ella, I also get nervous when I perform in front of people, but playing for a church has helped that a lot.
I still prefer accompanying a church to playing in a recital.

Samantha, you're doing really well on the flute also. Congratulations on reaching Advanced band!

Anna Naomi said...

Wonderful post Miriam! It was beautifully written! I do get thrills listening to beautiful music, but not half so much as when I'm watching a dance! ;) You are an excellent musician, and I've enjoyed hearing you play!

Great first post on our blog!!

Miriam Rebekah said...

Thanks for fixing it, Anna! I couldn't get it to work right.

Claire said...

A wonderful post! I too am and avid musician. I always loved this quote from a book I read, wherein the girl said: "Music is my life!" and was questioned, "I thought Jesus was your life?", to which she responded - "Who do you think I do the music for?"

To God be all the honor and glory!

Your Sister in Christ,

Susan said...

I was wondering why I hadn't been receiving any notifications of new posts on this blog, come to find out I forgot to add it to Google Reader. . . Ah well. Now it's added.

I also love music! Classical and sacred music are my favorites. Beethoven's 5th sends shivers down my spine :). I'm also guilty of humming tunes over and over again, because when music gets in my head, it usually stays a while :). And I often just have a great urge to break out in song. . .