Saturday, December 07, 2013

advent reflections and music

The second week in Advent is a time for settling in, for reflection, for learning and remembering . Used to be, when I was growing up, the readings for the second Sunday in Advent had to do with reading the Scriptures, considering them, reflecting, taking in the meanings they may have.

Along the way, and especially through walking this music road, I have learned that God speaks through other things -- through anything we will allow. A fall of light, a line in a play -- or a poem, the work of an actor in a television show, the quiet voice of rain, a story from the past, the color of a turning leaf, the fall of snow, the words of a friend or a stranger -- the words of a song, the notes of a tune...

Music to go along with these ideas Al Petteway and Amy White share the reflective spirit of the mountain in winter with harp, guitar, bouzouki, dulcimer, and voice on original and traditional pieces including Gabriel’s Message, People Look East, Into the Light, and Breaking Up Christmas on their album Winter Tidings: An Appalachian Christmas

Karen Mal and Will Taylor join up on mandolin and guitar for classy and thoughtful interpretations of The Coventry Carol, The Frist Noel, and other seasonal classics A Mandolin Christmas

If music to do with Christmas is not your interest at present, I think you will still enjoy theses recordings. For another choice, though, you may want to listen to Mala Fama in which fiddle player Sarah-Jane Summers, guitarist Juhani Silvola, and bassist Morten Kvam offer music with flavors Summers’ native Highlands of Scotland landscapes, as well as ideas of travel, laughter, and reflection.

photographs are by Kerry Dexter and are copyrighted. thank you for respecting this

You may also wish to see
first week in Advent: candle in the window
Cherish the Ladies: storytellers in music
Perceptive Travel: wreaths, music, legend

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Anonymous Merr said...

I love the idea of music helping us find that place of calm within.

4:30 AM  
Anonymous HeatherL said...

I had never thought about all those spiritual things you listed, but it's oh so true. Thank you for making me more aware.

1:50 PM  

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