for several reasons. For one, I made progress in the garage. I just took a garbage can out for pickup tomorrow and it weighed a ton. A ton of old, rusty nails and screws and bolts are no longer taking up space on the shelf. Feels wonderful.
A bonus; I also found a couple of things we were looking for, again. My only regretful thought is that maybe I could have recycled some of the metal – but it would have been hard to sort out the different kinds.
I’m not a rabid fan of classical music but the right piece can really mean a lot to me. I have always liked a song from Mendelsohn’s “Elijah” oratorio called “Lift Thine Eyes” and today I got to sing it along with two of my friends. It is acapella and somewhat challenging but I was happy with the way we did it. My friends are seasoned singers and there were no nervous snags or goof-ups. It doesn’t always happen but our voices blended really well, and this is the first time we’ve ever sung together. The music itself is really beautiful – the kind you want to shut your eyes and listen to. Lots of people have heard this song before and many came up to us and said it brought back memories of their times in college chorales and similar venues. And the message in the words make it even more meaningful when you believe them, as I do. The words are from Psalm 121.
I lift up my eyes to the hills –
where does my help come from
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip –
he who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
And here is one of the most interesting You-tube performances that I found of it – a British group called All Angels. They have young voices and ours were more mature sounding but we did it very much like they did as far as the interpretation. It was sooo much fun to do something I loved and do it well.