Monday, December 8, 2008

A Glimpse into the Music Room

Oh my! I have trimmed the tree and decked the halls and dealt with all manner of Fa-la-la-la-la this past weekend. Frankly I don’t have a witty word or an elegant phrase to share. But, I do have a daughter willing to share a peek into one of her practice sessions.

Lydia (13) has played the harp since age 8. She began on a lever harp and graduated to a full Concert Grande pedal harp at age 10. Lydia loves to share the gift of music and finds performing a joy. She performs regularly at church and local functions. This Saturday she will share her gift of “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” with those attending the Ladies Christmas Tea at our church.

My quiet, reserved young teenager has always been happy to go her own way and do her own thing. While others race around trimming the tree, she can be found quietly reading or penning her latest work. Her self-confidence and relaxed manner rarely leave her feeling anything but calm. While Rachel clamors to put something on the blog, Lydia shrugs and agrees to think about it.

Lydia arrived one day after her due date, while all my other children arrived a week or more early. She has always set her own pace and floats through life in an unruffled manner that some of us more “hurried” types envy. We have always referred to her as our “Faerie Child” for her love of nature, beauty, poetry, and music. Her differences from others have never caused her alarm. Her self-confidence has been high from the start. We laughingly recall when in a moment of frustration Elizabeth blurted out, “You’re not the favorite of the whole family, you know!” To which Lydia, then aged four, calmly replied, “I’m not? Then who is?”

Without further ado, I present a peek into Lydia’s latest practice session:


AN ETUDE (Fancy way to say study/exercise)

I hope to have "O Holy Night" posted later this week. That's MY favorite!!! ; )


Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

Ooohh...I LOVE the Etude! Beautiful!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Sniffs... thats just beautiful!!! brings tears running...I could sit for hours days months years and just listen.... thank you.
hugs Laura

Ruth MacC said...

Debbie, it's just lovely. I haave put a link of it on my face book for my friends to pop wver ti see and listen to. Very, very beautiful and encouraging.

Sean likes jazz and so we bought him a trumpet as a gift to give him on MacCarthaigh day. I won't force him to play it if he doesn't want to, but I hope he does!

Hope all is well in your home.


CIELO said...

Oh wow... thank you (and thanks to your daughter) for such lovely music... my heart is singing... thank you.

By the way, I'd love to extend an invitation: The House in the Roses is having a party!.... Come to the “World of Treasures” and show your lovely treasures…. Come see what all about!


FancyHorse said...

Just beautiful, I can't wait to hear O Holy Night. It's one of my favorites, too.

Karen Deborah said...

My cup runneth over. thank you for this. Oh Holy Night is my favorite song too. Hopefull it doesn't sound morbid but I have asked for that to be played at my home going when that time comes. It so completely shares my heart and joy, the promise kept on that special night. The fairy princess of pretend is blossoming!

Michelle said...

Debbie she is wonderful. I think the harp is one of the most beautiful instrument. So peaceful and so romantic. :)

Ruth MacC said...

Just listning to it again, it's good any time of the year!!!