Monday Music Moment – Simple Gifts

by Paul on February 11, 2013

This version of the Shaker hymn is from Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring.” I find the melody hauntingly beautiful.

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Margaret February 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

Wow- the photographs are hauntingly beautiful as well. Margaret

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Margaret ( & Everyone),

I’m back!

Glad you liked the photos.

Paul

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Tim February 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

Great way to kickoff the week, many thanks

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Tim,

Always my pleasure.

Paul

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Simon February 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Nice music and beautiful scenery. What’s not to like?

Happy Monday everyone.

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Simon,

Indeed. My Monday has been very happy. I hope yours is, too.

Paul

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Lynda February 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

This Shaker hymn is one of my favourites and this is a beautiful version!

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Lynda,

Because you agree with me, you must have exquisite taste.

Paul

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn February 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

This is a beautiful way to begin the day- especially with such big church news!

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Fran,

Ah, yes, the Big Church News. Why is he resigning at 8:00p.m. Very odd.

Paul

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Michelle February 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

On a gray day here, with the barque of Peter rocking with news, it was nice to have a quiet moment with this music!

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claire February 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Exactly my feeling :-)

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Michelle,

Having spent a week in the blazing sun and with lots of humidity, I’m reveling in our gray day!

Paul

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Katy February 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Wow, there is nothing “simple” about those views!

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Katy,

Those views are stupendous, aren’t they?

Paul

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Maura Sweeney February 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

One of my favs. This piece of music makes me think of the church today with the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation. Just as Copeland took an age old melody and explored it in new ways imbuing it with both joy and reverent majesty I hope that the church will look at herself anew , listen to the Holy Spirit and search for ways to embrace new life in Christ.

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Paul February 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Maura,

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Paul

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Emma February 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

….at the heart of the universe is a smile, a pulse of joy passed down from the moment of creation…..and that is the feeling God had when He looked over what He had made and pronounced it good. In the beginning, the very beginning, there was no disappointment. Only joy.
(Loren Eisley)

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