Giving Thanks for Music
Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday of November. With that date rapidly approaching, I began reflecting on how much there is to be thankful for in the musical realm.
Following is a brief gratitude list of blessings I've experienced in and through music, starting off with the One who makes all these blessings possible:
G --- God, the giver of all good gifts, including music
I --- Inspiration, given to composers who in turn inspire me
V --- Voice, my first instrument, the one I was born with
E --- Expression, the capacity to convey emotion through music
T --- Time, to listen to, play, and create music
H --- Hallelujah Chorus, which needs no explanation :-)
A --- Appassionata, one of the great Beethoven piano sonatas
N --- opportunity to make a joyful Noise unto God!
K --- Kinderszenen, delightful piano pieces for young and old
S --- Songs Without Words, Mendelssohn at his most sublime
And there you have them --- ten reasons I have to give thanks for music. For what are you thankful in the sphere of music?