|Weekly Reflections on Life and Music|
Music is God's gift to man,
the only art of Heaven given to earth,
the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
--Walter Savage Landor (16th C. English poet)
Gifts are on our mind today. It is the day before the day before Christmas. Any last minute gifts to buy? Any gifts I hope I get? What is a gift, though? The word comes from a word that means "give." Not a big surprise there. We know what a gift is, of course. The definitions come as no surprise:
1. a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present.But the gift of heaven? Music? The only "art of heaven" that we can experience? I think I can agree with that, both as a listener and performer.
synonyms: present, donation, offering, bestowal, bonus, award, endowment;2. a natural ability or talent.
synonyms: talent, flair, aptitude, facility, knack, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, capability, faculty; endowment, strength, genius, brilliance, skill, artistry
No great insights on that. Just a reminder that we as musicians at whatever stage of development we may be are gifted and givers of gifts. Be serious about your gift but enjoy it. The gift is useless if it isn't opened and used. The greatest gifts are shared.
Listen to music this week.
Make music this week.
Celebrate the "art of heaven."
The earth has grown old with its burden of care,
but at Christmas it always is young,
the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair,
and its soul full of music breaks the air,
when the song of angels is sung.