Hello to Cello

October 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Did you practice those words or just read them? Go back and start again.

This past weekend, I was gifted with much music, soundly so. It was lovely. And unexpectedly, the cello played a prominent theme. Pakou has written beautifully of the cello here, but as I listened to the instrumental songs recommended to me, I was reminded of all the spaces we create for doing when we equally need space for just being. Both to keep us sane and refresh our creativity.

It’s much harder to simply be. Martha Graham said:

“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”

So many things to practice in life. Creating. Grace-giving. Allowing. Bearing with. Breathing. I think wordless music creates its own space for being, inviting reflection, and resting attentively. But it takes practice, too, to put away distractions, to focus on the music and where it takes you.

So today, listen. Be still. Invite.

20th century composer Samuel Barber wrote “Adagio for Strings,” in this case, performed by six celloists.

Celloist Steven Sharp Nelson plays Bach like you’ve never heard it with seven other celloists. (Also worth a listen is his cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”)

“The Winner Is” is composed by Mychael Danna for the soundtrack for the delightful movie, Little Miss Sunshine.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

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