Today I came across this beautiful poem written by John Piper. (John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books). Part of its beauty is the music, design and cinematography. I was swept away into his story and was captured emotionally by the incredible word pictures. But I know I would not have felt this as intensely had it not been for the music.
This is especially true in my favorite movies. Where would we be without the underscore music to carry us to the important, poignant or intense parts of the film? I remember feeling this way many times over the years when it cam to TV drama too. Anyone ever have a teary moment over “Little house on the prairie”, “The Walton’s” or “Touched by an Angel”? It probably wasn’t the writing as much as the music. Every good show has music to give it that extra boost. And to achieve the much sought after emotional bonding.
I think you will love this poem – watch it all the way through and ponder on the words. Just Beautiful.
If you have been watching the Olympics like we have – you probably have seen this little 15-year-old girl – Julia Lipnitskaia. This music from “Schindler’s List” is emotional to say the least. And if you’re like me you would agree that the music is important for skaters – as it really sets the mood. Here is Julia skating this same routine in 2013. Just beautiful.
Enjoy and God Bless
Not long ago I was in the car listening to one of the many CD selections on my own “mix” of favorite tunes. Thinking that this must be from one of my favorite soundtracks, “Meet Joe Black” I listened and then put it out of my mind. No, it wasn’t “Meet Joe Black” – but there was something familiar about it. But just where did I find it?
Last week we watched “Finding Nemo” again. It had been years since we had seen this – always one of our favorites! And to my surprise – this same soundtrack began to play. I guess I should not have been surprised to learn that Thomas Newman wrote both of these great scores – plus many more that I love, including “Little Women”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”, “Up close and personal” and “The Horse Whisperer”. There is a haunting similarity to all these scores – but different enough that you can definitely tell the difference. All I know is that the music really sets the tone to any great movie – and his certainly make all the difference for me.
And if it’s been a while since you’ve seen “Finding Nemo” – I just thought I’d share this great track from that movie with you – and I encourage you to see the other films listed here – you’ll just love the soundtracks!
When a piece of music moves me to tears – it is time to share it. Listen for yourself and see if this is not the the most emotional and beautiful
version you have ever heard.
May God Bless you this Christmas Eve
I came across this very special song by Christopher Cross. His word pictures are thought provoking, simple and identifiable. He writes about real life, real stories, and by observing life around him.
This song is about a “November” in a couple’s life. The time when love is at the eleventh hour and before the final curtain. Is it a heartache so deep it cannot be repaired? The lyrics do not say for sure. Is it a season of reflection and renewal? Maybe. A couple who have lost their way? Yes – I think so. An older couple dealing with illness or loss? Maybe. Sadness and pain seems to always be associated with rain, cold and dark. November. But is it the end? I hope not.
This is dedicated to all of you out there who are hopeless romantics. Who refuse to give up. Who are fighters. Who choose to see this time in their marriage and their life as a November. And like all Novembers – it will pass. The sun will come out again. Things will warm up. Spring is just around the corner for you.
Here is this wonderful song – Enjoy!
Moth on the windowpane
Could be alive or dead
You across the room lost in your head
All that’s left is the storm outside
Water beating stone
And we hang in a web of stillness all our own
Bundled to the cold
Watching love grow old
Can it really be November
Season of goodbye under an angry topaz sky
Neap tide and a waning moon gone mad
Like a song I heard as a little boy
That I did not understand
But somehow I knew it was sad
Bundled to the cold
Watching love grow old
Can it really be November
Oh and time kills
Bare trees won’t remember
In the failing light
Doing what seems right
But the rain won’t stop
Can it really be…
Writer(s): Robert Alvah Meurer, Christopher C. Cross
Copyright: Maraju Music, Malaprop Music
I am a child of the 60′s. But it wasn’t until the 70′s that I became really interested in pop music. I have a few memories of sitting in a recliner and seeing “The 5th Dimension” perform on TV when I was about 6 or 7 – (around 1968) and loving their new hits – “Up, Up and Away” and “Age Of Aquarius”. They were sheer heaven to me. But other than that – I have no real memories of music from that era. Somehow though, the two songs I posted below from British pop singer, Petula Clark – strike a chord deep down in my memory bank. I hear them playing today on my iHeart radio, 60′s and 70′s blend, and I remember.
Oddly enough, we do seem to return to music of our childhood. We can be exposed all the rest of our lives, night and day to another era or type of music and yet, at the end of the day we still favor the music from our youth above all other music. I think it’s because youth to us symbolizes a simpler and sweeter time, when we were not responsible. I have a friend about 15 years older than myself who feels this same way about music from the 50′s and 60′s. It reminds her of her youth – and events surrounding or leading up to her first love and marriage.
My parents generation was steeped in music of the church – as other music was considered “worldly” and even “sinful”. To them the old familiar hymns of the church are comforting and a symbol of youth, simplicity and fond memories.
My generation had almost no good Christian music. I later began to appreciate the music of “Second Chapter of Acts” and “Amy Grant” – but it wasn’t really until the 80′s and even the 90′s that things began to really take off for Christian artists. At least that’s how I felt at the time. I can now go back and listen to several old songs and smile. Although pretty dated – they still move me and I can appreciate what they bring to my life today.
My music of choice has always been and will continue to be – the great music ballads of the 70′s and 80′s. I am very open to music of today – but deep within me you’ll find a 70′s girl at heart. And I am increasingly drawn to instrumental music, soundtracks and musical scores from musicals, movies, dramas and series. When I see something most interesting on TV, usually behind the great show, movie or docudrama series – is a very great musical score. I usually look it up right away and add it to my collection.
But for today – a memory of a sweeter time gone by – the 60′s. If you were around there and open enough to admit that you remember these, like me – let me know and list some of your favorites so I can listen to them and conjure up a memory.
- Downtown: Petula Clark (keepthecoffeecoming.wordpress.com)
- Petula Clark: My family values (theguardian.com)
- Music of the 60′s (youprobablydontcarebutincaseyoudo.wordpress.com)
I ran across this song yesterday while listening to my iHeart radio in the car. The year is 1973. The singer/songwriter is Neil Sedaka. Enjoy!
Watching this video today brings back so many memories! This duet and song is one of my FAVORITES from back in the day – (look at Wayne Watson’s long hair!) and both of these artists are still touring, writing and singing today – 20+ years later! Sandi Patty and Wayne Watson are the real deal and this is just one example. Truly an underrated song with wonderful lyrics, melody and incredible voices – hope you enjoy going down memory lane today as much as I did. Parts of this song gives me chills!
Last night while watching, “Seeking a Friend for the End” – this next song played as part of the soundtrack music. I remembered it from long ago – somewhere in my memory but could not remember who recorded it. And like any good student of music, past and present, I googled it! Ah – of course! Herb Alpert! Just for fun I googled images of him today – let’s just say he’s changed a little in the past 50 years :)
Enjoy a super great blast from the past!
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
From this last week on “The Voice”. Enjoy this great cover version of “Danny’s Song”.