Quote of the Day: a poem by Rumi, published in The Music Lover’s Poetry Anthology
Where Everything is Music
Don’t worry about saving these songs!
And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn’t matter.
We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.
The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
And even if the whole world’s harp
should burn up, there will still be
hidden instruments playing.
So the candle flickers and goes out.
We have a piece of flint, and a spark.
This singing art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.
Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge
of driftwood along the beach, wanting!
from a slow and powerful root
that we can’t see.
Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.
Drum beats and children dancing and beautiful notes rising up from the piano and into the hearts of people, singing, laughing, living, feeling inspired, being loved.
The Committee of negative voices are silenced when I am immersed in so much art, music, and inspiring artists. When I am at Mount Carmel, I soak it all in like a dry sponge until I am full and ready to pour out that inspiration to others. Here are a few artists who inspired me this week.
Maren Hinderlie is an animated storyteller. I have learned so much from her by watching her presentations, visiting with her, and enjoying this piece, a dramatic reading of the epic poem Terje Vigen by Henrik Ibsen.
Maren is always a storyteller, even in casual conversations, or introductions, you hear expression in every word. I find myself wanting to applaud.
Kay Hoffland is a pianist that I admire. I listen and watch in awe. She has the energy of a 30-year-old and the style of a master. I have gone to her for teaching and mentoring. She helped me regain my confidence after a difficult time, musically and emotionally. She accompanies Maren for this reading with music that she matched to the story. The words and music evoke a stronger emotional connection.
This year, I met Betty, the guest artist/pianist from Salzburg, Austria. I arrived at camp during a terrible storm, high winds, hail, and tornado warnings. As I pulled into camp, the sun was coming out and I slipped into the chapel to hear Betty’s gorgeous classical concert.
Here she is after playing a duet with Kay at the classical recital at the end of the week.
Betty is a beautiful woman with generous talent and a lovely spirit. I didn’t think I’d get close to her at camp because of my own feelings of unworthiness. Turns out, she’s a regular person like me. She’s a piano teacher and has beginners like I do. She inspires and encourages them. She also has a wounded heart, like mine, from divorce and feelings of abandonment. We connected. She played a piece by Chopin at the classical recital and as our send-off from Mount Carmel. It’s called The Aeolian Harp. The story is that the Gods put this harp on the top of the mountain where the breezes blow through it, making beautiful music. That’s how I think of the Holy Spirit working in my life. I am the harp. God sends the breezes through me, filling me, allowing me to be beautiful despite my flaws.
I came home and looked up The Aeolian Harp. When I bought my piano, I found music inside the bench. I’m sure that the former owner was a piano teacher. She left me some wonderful pieces, including this one. I have let my classical skills lapse a bit, but hearing Betty play has inspired me to learn new music, memorize, and play more by ear.
Journaling Prompt: Who or what has inspired you lately?
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You. Today. I would like to hear you play. I have a feeling I wouldn’t be disappointed.
Oh baby, all I have to do is get out of bed! I always have a tune in my head and a song in my heart. I too like JW would love to hear you play, it sure it would be music to our souls.
You have yourself a terrifically blessed Thursday!!!
Nezzy and Teresa, your faith in me, unheard, is inspiring. A big blogger party would be fun, where we all share our other gifts and talents.
Mary, I’m still rather in awe at the offerings at Mt. Carmel. How could it be that they bring in such quality people to such a small corner of the world? You are so blessed by this, as are the people who come into contact with you! Your presence must add so much to their visit. Glad you got so much out of this year’s stay!
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God’s word in Jeremiah 1. Such a TENDER passage. To think, the God Who made the universe and controls ALL things reached out and touched the prophet’s lips.
Oh. Oh. OH.
Love your blog.
thanks for sharing your inspiration
Who inspired me today? You did. This post is beautiful. What you said about being a harp and the Holy Spirit is the wind God blows through you, beauty in spite of flaws. Those words took my breath away.
Thanks for sharing your beauty with me!
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Mary, thanks for sharing your beautiful insights with me! Your openness to the Spirit allows you to speak direction in my life.
Missing you, Mary!
Hope all’s well on this Monday, Monday.
What a beautiful post, Mary! The poem is wonderful. I really needed that this morning. I’m so glad you got to experience such talent. It fills the soul to be surrounded by creative wonders.
How are you liking the book, Eat, Pray, Love? And here I thought I was the only person left who had not read it! Again, I am in good company. I’m thinking of buying copies for several women I know.
You are so very blessed!
I am inspired by many things and few people. My husband and children sit at the top of that list.
I was at a concert last night. There was great singing and dancing to the music of the 80s. In front of me, on a wheelchair , was a 100 year old lady. She watched the show and smiled and clapped. She even gave the thumbs up sign to dancers/ singers who gave their best! Live life to the fullest:)
Thank you All for stopping by here and leaving such great comments. Art inspires Art, and I am inspired again today by you!
I love that image: the Holy Spirit moving through you like a breeze and ou being a harp. So lovely.
I was so inspired by the Swell Season concert that I bought the sheet music to their songs and have been trying to learn every song.