I was having a lot of trouble writing this post (half of it has been sitting on my desktop for over a week now). I’ve been distracted with blogging and aromatherapy and all of life’s daily challenges. But our recent visit to The Living Nativity reminded me to enjoy the beauty of the season and the simpler things. So after two inspiring musical concerts, I’m ignoring the distractions and fully embracing the season.
Friday night, December 2nd, our girls’ Highlander Youth Choir performed at Lyon College’s Brown Chapel with the Batesville Choral Society and the Lyon College Concert Chorale for their annual Christmas Concert. The Youth Choir sang “Jubilate Deo”, “One Single Light”, and “This Little Light of Mine”. They also led the audience in singing the “Silent Night” portion of “Peace, Peace”. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season. The music really got me into the holiday spirit. “One Single Light” is a song of hope for our future and its lyrics are beautiful in their simplicity, to paraphrase:
“One single light, one light in the dark,
One light shining brightly, all alone at night
A sign to all, that we may follow,
A guide to truth that will show the way
Burn clear, burn strong, with hope and promise
One single light”
This past Saturday, December 10th, the girls had their Weston Music Studio and Highlander Youth Choir December recital. There’s nothing like children’s voices raised in song to lift your spirits. How can you help but smile at an eight-year-old singing “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” or “Let it Snow”? Or a four-year-old belting out “ Go Tell it on the Mountain” in perfect pitch? Presley performed “Deck the Keys” on piano and sang “The Holly and the Ivy”. They also let her lead off the recital with “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story, which is the song she sang to win the lone spot to represent Southside Schools for Junior Beta Club’s State Competition next month. I thought it was very nice of her music studio to recognize her for that achievement. Peyton sang the aforementioned “It’s Beginning…” and played “The First Noel” on piano. The entire studio and choir put on a spectacular recital that was marred only slightly by a few ill-mannered children who walked across the “stage” in the middle of performances. Dr. Weston and Dr. Oriatti do an AMAZING job with these young performers and I refuse to let the behavior of a few misguided kids put a damper on the beauty of the day.
Music is a huge part of the Christmas season for me. It always helps me get in the “Holiday frame of mind”. These concerts were a BIG step in the right direction.