Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Music With Meaning



If you have read my blog for any length of time, you will know the importance of music in my life.
On my last post, I had the song, "American Tune" by Paul Simon.  Did you know Paul Simon based the song on a very old melody?  It is the same music for the hymn, "O Sacred Head Sore Wounded".
You may read the background about it just here.   The first time that I heard that hymn in my Episcopal church, I was thrilled to recognize it as "American Tune". 

Also, when we sang the song at church, one of the verses seemed as if it had been written for me.  Just a few months prior, I had fainted on Christmas day and had spent the entire day in the ER at the hospital. (I was okay, just a bad reaction to medication...but it was scary.)   Read these words and you will see why this jumped out at me with so much meaning.


What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and SHOULD I FAINTING BE,
Lord, let me NEVER, NEVER outlive my love to Thee.

The capitals are mine, just because that is how I read them and sung them!



There is nothing like the flowers that bloom right in your own yard!  These pink azaleas bloomed just in time for my birthday.  Wonderful to have calls and visits from family and friends!  I am thankful-just as I am thankful for my blogging friends.  God bless each and every one of you, wherever you are in the world!

19 comments:

  1. Wishing you many happy returns of your birthday! The azaleas are so pretty, and i've always loved that hymn. Your posts have so much cheer and loveliness to them!

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    1. Thank you! Cheer and loveliness, you say the sweetest things! xx

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  2. Music is poetry set to a melody. It means something every time. I wish I had been the one to send you the azaleas for your birthday. I hope it is a happy one.

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    1. Thank you very much! I suspect that music plays an important part in your life too, I think I can tell. :-)

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  3. Was it your birthday yesterday (April 15) or the day before, dear Kay? Anyway - belated Happy Birthday greetings to you from sunny Ludwigsburg!

    I know what you mean about some hymns (or lyrics to other songs) being written just for us, when they fit you and your personal situation so well.

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    1. Thank you, dear Meike! I love it when a song surprises me like that, when it seems as if it has been written just for me! :-)

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    1. Thank you, I will accept all the blessings I can get!

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  5. I had no internet connection for much of yesterday and so..............................
    I hope you HAD a very happy birthday and that your year to come will be the happiest and healthiest yet. Thank you for your very nice email. Briagha is now doing very nicely and back out walking every day as usual.

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    1. Thank you Pat!
      And thank YOU for your lovely email! I am sorry for your sweet dog but glad that it didn't put her off her long walks that she enjoys! xx

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  6. I'm a big music fan and the music I listen to has to have some meaning. I like really emotional songs or just things that lift me up. One of the reasons I enjoy things like heavy metal is because the heaviness and speed of it just really pump me up and get me ready to tackle life.

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    1. Hey Mark!
      Any music that is positive is fine in my book. Pumped up and ready to tackle life...you need to start writing some songs, my man! You can say I inspired you, I will gladly take the credit when you are a famous rock star.

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  7. I'm seeing the azaleas blooming on my southern blog buddies blogs! Love them! I have only one in my yard...it red and won't bloom for a bit yet. I know you love music and I like it when you feature it here. Happy birthday to you!

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    1. Thanks very much for your birthday wishes, much appreciated!
      I love the sound of that RED azalea, I will be looking for your photo of it!
      I am glad you like the music I find and put on my blog, almost everything reminds me of music, but I notice that it is not something that is as important to others as it is to me.

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  8. Happy Birthday!!! We are glad to have you in our blogging lives too!!! I hope you have a great birthday and do lots of fun things! xx

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    1. Bless you, Amy, you are a sweet doll! xx

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  9. I had no idea about the source of the melody - so beautiful!
    Happy birthday.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Oh, then I am so happy to have told you about the song in this post, that pleases me! Thanks very much for your birthday wishes, much appreciated! xxx

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  10. And we are thankful for you, Kay.

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