Wednesday, July 11, 2018
I never post videos of myself playing. Why do you ask, because it never is perfect. Things need to be worked out. Chords need to be put in tune and by golly more vibrato, more dynamics, more everything!
So as I'm being hypercritical of myself and you all are thinking "She's too hard on herself". Friends who aren't musicians, I'm being to nice on myself and I need to be upping my game!
Music is all about tedious meticulous practice. It is sitting in a chair and listening to one note stay in tune for 1 minute or more! It is making sure that every single one of those notes are in tune and it doesn't matter if there seems to be a thousand on the page, by golly I am going to sit through each one to make sure it is in tune.
After the notes are in tune you better make sure the rhythm is solid, and you don't miss a beat or rush a part or take a measure to slow. So you get your metronome out and practice the song at sloth speed until it's right and then you practice it at turtle speed, and then you're like ok a little faster than a turtle until slowly but surely you have the rhythm, but while you were working on the rhythm you forgot about the dynamics.
So you go back and listen to the song from one of the many people that play it better than you to see if you can get the dynamics and the feeling of the piece. More likely than not you'll hear educators describe a couple of notes sighing, or joyful, or forceful and it is your duty as a musician to make those notes have emotion!
And let's not forget about bow placement, phrasing, articulation, breathing, and the numerous other things that make a song come alive. This will be my life until August 25th, until the day of Amarillo Symphony audition. 46 more days but until that day, I need to practice and definitely make sure it's quality practice...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
I know I've said it before but I get rather sick when I talk about the parts of the Bible that are hardcore. That are convicting to me. These parts aren't fun, but truthfully when I think about it; if I didn't cover the parts that are hard it would be like saying to my kids "Hey, you have no consequence at all for telling me that I'm stupid and please continue to hit me while you're saying it."
Ah, that ain't going to cut it in my family because one I'm not someone to allow a child to hit me just randomly and two that's insane to not to correct your child and make sure they have a consequence like cleaning the bathroom with a toothbrush ;-)
So here we have Hebrews 10 this chapter is full of in your face real t.v. or real Bible. The chapter talks about Christ's sacrifice, His beautiful decision to give us the ability to be forgiven for our sins. The first part of the chapter is incredible uplifting and reassuring. The next chapter is the punch in the gut it's the "now that I've talked about all this incredible stuff let's talk about how you need to act as a Christian". In verse 24 it gives us the encouragement of stirring up love in one another and doing good works for each other, to not neglect in meeting with each other and to continue to draw near to each other as the Day draws near. Then the hammer is brought down in verse 26 "For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins". The consequence to this is in verse 29.
Friends, this isn't someone who is walking life with Jesus and trying their hardest to live a life that glorifies God. This is someone continually rejecting the ways of Jesus. Someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God. For some reason they have been sanctified and have decided they need Jesus and then they choose to walk a path that rejects Jesus in their actions and words.
My question to you is, are you doing that? How are your words to people, are you continually showing them Christ, or are you talking about them behind their backs using the "concerned Christian" as an excuse to gossip, are you lying to your kids and excusing your actions as just a little white lie, are you drinking and getting drunk justifying your actions because your at home with friends and they'll never talk about it with people at church, are you sleeping with someone outside of marriage? If you call yourself a Christian and are purposefully not walking the life that Christ has asked us to do, you have profaned the blood of the covenant, you have outraged the Spirit of grace. And truthfully I'm afraid for you, because never in a million years would I want you to fall into the hands of the living God.
Please Christian brothers and sisters think about what you signed up for when you first believed in Christ.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
It came to my mind that we’re not the young athletic and in shape couple that we used to be. We’ve gotten lazy and quite honestly I like chocolate and Lays potatoes chips oh and my goodness I love Pepsi too! This last weekend we have decided to start making healthier choices and to work out.
Ugh, I hate working out. I hate the way my body feels afterwards and I hate the feeling of wanting to eat chocolate and chips but I can’t because of my decision to eat healthy. Why does feeling sore after a workout feel like your about to get the flu! That’s totally not fair, and it should be made illegal ;-)
What makes me motivated though is toned and defined muscles. I can do this! For goodness sake I do not want my flabby arms swinging to and fro when I play cello!
So friends, if you see Todd and I or even think of us, say a prayer while we try to make healthier decisions.
Monday, June 11, 2018
What in the world is it? For my Christian friends we can go into great discussions and debates about what sin is. For my friends who believe in something else this word is null and void. There is no point to it.
Todd and I were talking yesterday during our walk about how I can explain what sin is to a culture that believes that good works will get them to heaven. That's an incredibly hard thing to explain to someone who generally thinks they're a good person who doesn't do bad stuff. A person like this doesn't need someone to save them because they don't think they'll have a consequence for how they have behaved.
So here's the deal about sin. Have you told a white lie? Have you ever been angry at someone and said something mean to them? Have you ever thought something that wasn't kind? Have you ever wanted to hurt someone? All of these small inconsequential things seperate us from God just as much as the big time things like murder, stealing, and grand theft auto. What I've read in the Bible is all of these things seperate us from God, the more we sin the farther we are from God.
So here's the question, how close to God do you want to be? Because if you want an actual relationship with Him, if you want to be able to talk to Him you're going to realize that you need someone to take the consequence of all those small little things you've done in the past and maybe the big things too. That is why friend, Jesus had to come; to take the blame and consequence for your actions. He is the whipping boy, the innocent victim who very willingly said I'll take their punishments so they have the option of having a relationship with God.
This long discourse is to finally talk about Hebrews 8:12
How beautiful is God saying I will be merciful to them, and I will remember their sins no more. Oh to be loved so much that Jesus took my consequence. That for me is why I believe in this faith because never before have I gone through a day without making a mistake. I can try my hardest but but I always end up doing something that I regret. If you're like me, you might just need Jesus to say "I'll take your punishment, so that you can get the blessings."
Love you and praying for you friend
Monday, May 28, 2018
This was a fun book to start my summer vacation. It had light hearted moments along with very in depth moments. If you're looking for a fun read over the summer this my dear friends is for you. So set sail with Maggie and her two besties Kathleen and Haley and read The Theory of Happily Ever After :)
*Yo peeps this book was given to me by Revell for my honest opinion.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Generally speaking Paul is in your face; calling it like it is and not ashamed to make sure that the person who is wrong is told "Hey Buddy, stop having sex with your Dad's wife!" (And yes he did write that).
Here he is talking to Timothy telling him to be wise and listen to what they have been talking about. To follow the faith and love that are in Christ. Such simple beautiful words meant to encourage a believer in their daily walk. To remember why we do what we do.
Have a great day friend :)
Saturday, May 26, 2018
It is summer :) I can't tell you how incredibly nice it is to enjoy my family, and the ability to travel at any given moment. One of the things that I'm always on the look out for is the perfect dress that can be dressed up or dressed down. The dress needs to be comfy, but not show any of my butt cheeks ;-) It's an added bonus if it has pockets!
To my lady readers, guess what? I found the perfect dress. The picture above is me in the Amelia by Lularoe, my friend Kelly Becktold took an incredible leap to open up her own small business and has done incredibly well by clothing women in comfortable, fashionable clothing. If you haven't ever tried Lularoe I suggest you check out her website, you can click Here.
Here's another pattern of the dress and a full look of it :)