Notes from Life's Journey

Songs on the Way

Music has been a central part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother sang or listened to music while she worked around the house; I discovered choral music when I was 13 and still participate in choral groups to the present time; that love of music was the impetus to lead me to an opera performance degree and to perform with an opera company in Oklahoma for 20 years. Because I believe music can reside in our hearts and minds in a powerful way, I will be listing them throughout the journey. How blessed we are to have the Internet with such websites as YouTube and Rhapsody where we can search for and listen to music. Sometimes, a song will be so meaningful you’ll want to get it for your MP3 player for more frequent listening.

Rodgers, Richard and Hammerstein, Oscar. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical, Carousel. The song has been widely recorded so you could find it in just about any genre you prefer.

Nelson, Greg and Farrell, Bob. “My Heart Belongs to You” from the modern oratorio, Saviour. This whole musical is wonderful. The link is to the album. Wintley Phipps, baritone, sings the voice of God and Larnelle Harris, tenor, sings the voice of Adam in “My Heart Belongs to You.” My friend, Seth, when he listened to this song, said he had to pull over to the side of the road and let the tears flow – many of us seem to not remember how much God loves us and this song clearly is about that relationship of love between God and his creation.

Bryn Terfel’s album Simple Gifts has a song I’ve grown to love – I’ll Walk Beside You. Although the text is about human relationships, it speaks to me as if it were the voice of God telling me He will be with me every step of the way, including when “the grave call comes.”

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