Saturday night we had the awesome opportunity to attend the Lyceum Music Festival’s concert w/the Piano Guys. We LOVE the Piano Guys here at our house. One of my favorite songs has always been “Waterfall” by John Schmidt. My kids are so in love with “Cello Wars” that it’s kind of ridiculous. So when we found out they would be playing only 10 minutes away from our home, we just HAD to go.
The Lyceum Musical Festival is this great program that gives orchestra students insight into professional music careers. They spend a full week at the Zermott Resort in gorgeous Midway, UT learning music and practicing and visiting with professionals in the industry and then they put on a full concert at the end.
Let me tell you, these kids were AMAZING. They sounded like a professional orchestra. You know when you have to go to a junior high or high school concert because your kid is in band or orchestra and you’re just a bit dreading it because they drag on forever and there are occasional ear-splitting mistakes, but you love your kid and their friends so you go with a smile on your face anyway? Yeah. Not like that AT. ALL. Incredible, I tell you.
And of course the Piano Guys were incredible too. I mean, are they ever not?
So at the concert we were not quite close enough to see, but definitely close enough to enjoy.
Can you see the piano there? Those trees were right in the way of our actually seeing Mr. Schmidt play and the bushes blocked Mr. Steven Sharp Nelson, but we didn’t care, it was still fantastic.
My favorite song of the night was probably “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets”:
As I was sitting there enjoying the beauty of the music, I got to wondering…what is it about good music that just speaks to your soul? I mean…why? Why can music touch you in a way words cannot? I don’t know the answer to that and I don’t know if I ever will.
I’m also in awe of those people in the world who can compose and create great music. This is something I cannot even wrap my brain around. What a talent to possess!
But you know, I think everyone has been given a talent that, when carefully honed and crafted, can also move people in incredible ways. Perhaps it is knowing how to arrange words in a powerful way like a composer does with musical notes. Or maybe it is a gift for bringing those words to life in speech like a musician does with the composer’s music. Talents in photography, painting, sculpturing (um…maybe not a word, but you know what I mean), dance, or even knowing how to listen. These are all talents with the potential to touch someone’s soul. And there are so many more. I truly believe these gifts come from a God who loves us and wants us to use what He’s given to bless the lives of others. And I am so grateful for people like the Piano Guys who do just that.
What do you think? Why does music touch us so? And what gifts do you have that you could share with the world?