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Eileen
The ladies are having a gathering at church tomorrow morning and I've been asked to play a piece of music for them. This will be my first time playing anything in public with no accompaniment. I'm a little nervous but looking forward to the opportunity. They're a friendly enough bunch, I'm sure they won't tar and feather me out of the place...lol. I'll be playing "He Touched Me" by Bill Gaither. It's a simple enough piece in F major, nothing difficult about it at all and I've even incorporated a few accidentals/twittles in the melody here and there. I'm sure it will go fine. I just wanted to share the experience with my friends here a V-lab. After Meditation and some of the other pieces I've been working on.....this one is a pleasure in that I don't have to work so hard to get it right ! LOL
Eileen
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Posted: August 20, 2010
Last Comment: August 23, 2010
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Eileen
Posted: August 23, 2010
Thanks Mike ! I've memorized Ashokan....and, I came to realize what Ashokan means....."I sho can farewell" translated "I sure can farewell" little touch of southern drawl...haha ! It is a beautiful piece and one that I work on frequently. Found a rendition on youtube ...a tribute to Abraham Lincoln that I play along with and have worked out a little bit of harmony with. Love that tune !

dockboggs
Posted: August 22, 2010
I am so glad it went well Eileen. Beth is spot on when she says there is such pleasure in playing simple melodies beautifully. I think God is infinitely complex but also infinitely simple.(one of those paradoxes like light being a wave and a particle at the same time..no one knows how) I think the violin reflects this too. It is infinitely complex and no one ever gets to the end of discovering its posibilities. But it is also infinitely simple too. In concept and in the way very simple melodies can sound heavenly when played well. (Ashokan Farewell springs to mind among others)

Eileen
Posted: August 21, 2010
Actually Gwen, you could play anything from out of a hymnal. Just follow along the melody line. I do that sometimes, just flip through pages and play whatever fits my mood at the time.

Eileen
Posted: August 21, 2010
Hi Gwen, no....I just played the melody of the piece. Our church has a membership at SongSelect.com. It's all christian music you can download and copy. You can change the key and octave to anything you want. It's really a great site. But, there's a membership cost which goes toward the copyrights..or something like that. YOu might try googling free sheet music online or free christian sheetmusic...depending on what you're looking for. There are sites where you can print music for a fee of only a few dollars.

Anne
Posted: August 21, 2010

Hi Eileen, great to be able to give something that is appreciated.


Eileen
Posted: August 21, 2010
I got to church early enough to warm up with some really nice hymns before anyone else arrived. It's a wonderful thing to bring music into a quiet sanctuary setting and just let it flow with no one around and no interruptions. I was playing "The Lord's Prayer" and really "getting into it" ......and didn't realize some ladies had come in early to setup. Lol....they were blessed and I was encouraged. "He Touched Me" went very well.

Eileen
Posted: August 21, 2010
Thank you so much, I will have fun. I just love playing on this thing and always enjoy when I get the chance to share it with anyone.

Anne
Posted: August 21, 2010
Nice, Eileen. All the best! Keep us posted how it went, of course.

jojo
Posted: August 20, 2010
have fun emg! :)