Monday, April 12, 2010

Tapestry of Music.....

Music has been woven through my family history and my own story as long as I can remember. My father was a professional jazz guitarist and the sounds of his gift are etched in my memory. As a little girl I took quickly to singing and spent many nights with a hairbrush in hand practicing all the lastest hits in my bedroom. Later the hairbrush would be replaced with a microphone and the bedroom for a stage as I began to professionally pursue and explore my own expression of music. Sadly, I lost my father as a very young girl and we never had the opportunity to explore and share these gifts with each other. After many years of performing, there eventually came a time when I needed to set it all aside for a season as I let God take my heart on a journey to heal some of the broken places in my heart. My voice was quieted and instead my creativity began to move through art and collage. But I prayed the musical thread in my own life's tapestry would emerge again when the timing was right.

Meanwhile, in the years between, I have been blessed by the unfolding of my son Brandon's gift for music. He began to play piano at about age 10 but it was quickly apparent that being restrained by note reading or traditional lessons didn't fit for him. He saw and felt the music in his soul and just began to play from his heart. This past January as his grandmother was losing her battle with cancer he composed a piece for her. We rented a piano to bring to her home a few days before she passed away so he could play it for her. Later he played the piece for her memorial service and I offered my voice. It felt like life was beginning to come full circle and I could sense that our families musical heritage was entering a new season

Watching him play with such abandon stirred the musical longings I had quietly set aside. I have dreamed of writing and recording a collection of songs to comfort and encourage those on the healing journey and have slowly begun plans for this to become a reality. My heart explodes at the idea of my son sharing his talent on this project as well. This past week he played his heartfelt piece inspired by his love for his Grandmother at his Senior High School Talent Show (it is the second one on the video). Just wanted to share it with you all.....

Please pause the music playing on my blog on the lower right sidebar before viewing the video.....



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8 comments:

A healing heart said...

Amazing. Brandon is remarkable... just like his mother. You are so full of talent and gifts, may God continue to bless you and use you as come back around to pick up the things you laid down for a time.

privileged to call you my dear friend,
florence♡

slommler said...

What a beautiful piece of music...I love both pieces! Such talent!! And that you can share and grow with him in this area is totally awesome.
Hugs
SueAnn

michelle allen said...

very very cool Lani! everything about it. his talent, your story, his heart for his grandma. lovely post.

Karla Dornacher said...

What a gift... absolutely beautiful... what a blessing to have this thread of talent, passion, and love woven into your life from your Father... through you... and now to your son. Love your story and your heart... you are a blessing to so many and I will miss seeing you at group this week!

Angie in AZ said...

Mesmerizing. Piano music is my favorite to listen to. He plays so beautifully. I wanted to just lay flat in the floor, close my eyes, and feel myself floating. Good grief, what stopped me from doing that?! Oh, I know... I'm so tired, I might fall asleep and I can't yet... too much to do! Thank you for sharing something so beautiful. He's truly gifted and I know you must be so incredibly proud!

nannie said...

lani,
hi it's barbara hopkins[#1 fan]. i must say god's angels touched your son's hands upon the day he was born,such beauty in his piece,i sat and actually cried. Heis quite gifted,but,i feel as though maybe he loved her so deeply,that his soul was talking to her soul while writing and playing his piece. you should be so very proud. not only for his talent,but, for the abundance of love he has within him,within his soul.please keep it on your website,i know how personal it is to you and your family,but,it is one of the best pieces i have heard in a very long time. i don't cry easily,never have but,it was just so beautiful.oh, i hope you do start writing,i would love to be able to hear what must be within your soul,and with the two of you together,i will have to get more kleenex..please let me know,if and when you start writing,i would love for you to share it with us.your art healed my soul,i can't imagine what your music, will do for me...my father was my world,and one of the things he always told me, was it's never to late to make your dreams become reality..
your friend,
barbara hopkins

Stephani said...

Hi Lani, You must be filled with so much pride! Brandon is amazing and I hope we will get to her you sing sometime? Hugs, Stephani

Яна Цветкова said...

Oh! That is so and so... Thank You!