Francesca Battistelli – Strangley Dim

Heard this new song by Francesca Battistelli last night on my way home. I’m already a fan of hers, but this song is so good! Here are the lyrics to the first verse and chorus:

I’ve got all these plans piled up sky high
A thousand dreams on hold and I don’t know why
I got a front row seat to the longest wait
And I just can’t see past the things I pray today

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel deep in my heart
Goes strangely dim
All my worries fade and fall to the ground
Cause when I seek your face and don’t look around
Any place I’m in grows strangely dim

I can definitely relate to this song…I often feel like I have all these plans for life that are just waiting to be fulfilled, but I’m in a season of waiting…waiting for the right time, waiting for the right amount of money…just WAITING. But the words of the chorus ring so true – when I focus on Jesus and I give my desires and longings to Him, all the frustrations of waiting, of not being where I want to be in life, seem to disappear.

Thankful Thursdays

I hope you are doing well this beautiful Thursday afternoon!  It is time for our weekly thankfulness list.  Each week I’ll pick up my numbering where I left off the week before.

This week is short and sweet:

5. Dancing around the kitchen with Joshua this morning

6. Music that touches my heart

7. Time with the kids at Harvest Hands every Thursday afternoon

8. A great professor, whose class leaves me inspired week after week

9. Crisp morning air and dew on the grass

What are you thankful for today?

Soul Soothing Music

Last night Joshua and I were able to attend the first of the summer series “Bluegrass Nights” at the Ryman.  Have you ever been to the Ryman?  There is virtually not a bad seat in the place…well, unless you get stuck behind a pillar on the main floor.  We were in the balcony, about 4 rows up and I honestly think this is a pretty great spot.

There are just some tunes that are good for your soul…and bluegrass is definitely among those.  The picking of the banjo, with the deep bellows of the upright bass, and the beautiful sweet chords of a fiddle and mandolin combine to create something so special.  Throw in the beautiful voices of Sarah Jarosz and Vince Gill and you have last night’s performance.  We also got a lot of good stories to go along with the songs Vince played, which was really great and created a wonderful, personal atmosphere.

One of my favorite things he talked about was about the composition of bluegrass music.  He said it’s not about any one person in the group, it’s the combination of all the parts, every instrument or voice is as important as the others and the songs he played showcased that beautifully.  Each instrument had a bit of a solo during every song…and the pickin’ those artists’ can do is simply incredible and they make it look so easy!

Here’s a little taste of Sarah’s music – absolutely beautiful.

Thanks, Ryman and Springer Mountain Farms, for putting on this great series for the summer!

First Aid Kit

Have you heard the sweet tunes coming from the Swedish duo First Aid Kit?  Their music is folksy and absolutely beautiful.  “Emmylou” reminds me of good, old country.  It’s currently one of my favorites.  Take a listen and you’ll see why.  The sisters are super talented and I’m looking forward to their N.A. tour in the fall.

You can check out their website for tour dates and locations.

Who have you been listening to lately?

Sing it girl

Last night my sister had her Christmas show and let me tell you, she can sing!  Watch out world, we’ve got a star on our hands.  I recorded her performance on my iphone and thought I would share.

Olivia, you sounded great!

I didn’t start recording until a couple lines into the song..but it’s great either way.  Without further adue, here she is singing Adele’s “Someone Like You”

Awesome, right???

She also sang The Prayer but I will save that one for another day.

Christmas Cheer

Josh and I braved the nasty, rainy weather and went to our church‘s youth Christmas concert Sunday night.  Granted..we had a little bit of extra purpose than just going to get our fill of Christmas music.  My sister had a solo and my parents were also going.  So, we spent Sunday evening in the beautiful Narthex of our church listening to the voices of youth (5th-12th graders) sing the joyful songs of Christmas.  They always sing the same song to finish the evening performance…and it is special to me because I used to sing it when I was in choir.  So, here is a little video someone shot a few years ago.  It is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.