Tuesday, October 03, 2006

If My Life Had a Soundtrack - the sounds of my soul

Well, I am still wallowing under a mountain of fruit. Everyday I find new ways of processing plums and cooking zucchini. Thank you whoever left that most delicious zucchini loaf recipe. Everyone LOVED it! I'm going to try to make some more today. After I make some apple sauce... and some apple butter.... while I frantically get ready to go to Vancouver on Wednesday. It is hard to leave all this produce. I worry about it being any good when I get home. What if someone comes and picks all the apples? And I also have another batch of tomatoes to can... And suppers to make for my family while I am gone... and bread to bake and muffins to make to take with me...

But anyways, here is my next installment in 'If My Life Had a Soundtrack'

I have been thinking about the music in my life - music that I have loved. Some of it would have to be children's church music. I started teaching music to children when I was 12. Every Sunday. I was the Jr. Sunday School choirester before they changed all that. Then I was the Primary choirester in Prince George and Richmond as a young wife and mother. And again in Sidney. I spent a total of 7 years teaching music to young children. I loved it. I loved the kids and I love singing and I loved sharing my love of singing. There are some of those songs that have stayed with me - ones that express joy. When I am really happy, nothing quite expresses what is in my heart like 'Lift Up Your Voice and Sing' or 'I Think the World is Glorious'. And none quite express my yearning for and my faith in spiritual connection like 'How Firm a Foundation' or 'A Child's Prayer'. These are songs in my life's soundtrack. A repeated theme.

When I was 18 I heard Cat Stevens for the first time. My friend Karine Towers, who knew my love of poetry, played him for me as I drove her home one time. And for my first year away from home at BYU, I had this song on my first tape to play on the 'ghetto blaster' I got for my 18th birthday. I love Cat Stevens' music - because of the lyrics. HIs searching for meaning in life echoes my own. There are many of his songs that will be in my life's soundtrack but this would have to be the first one. I still love it as much as I did the first time I heard it.

On The Road To Find Out by Cat Stevens
Well I left my happy home to see what I could find out
I left my folk and friends with the aim to clear my mind out
Well I hit the rowdy road and many kinds I met there
Many stories told me of the way to get there

So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
There's so much left to know, and I'm on the road to find out
Well in the end Ill know, but on the way I wonder
Through descending snow, and through the frost and thunder

Well, I listen to the wind come howl, telling me I have to hurry
I listen to the robin's song saying not to worry
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
Theres so much left to know, and Im on the road to findout

Then I found myself alone, hopin' someone would miss me
Thinking about my home, and the last woman (one) to kiss me, kiss me
But sometimes you have to moan when nothing seems to suit ya
But nevertheless you know you're locked towards the future

So on and on you go, the seconds tick the time out
There's so much left to know, and I'm on the road to findout
Then I found my head one day when I wasn't even trying
And here I have to say, cause there is no use in lying, lying

Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now?
Kick out the devils sin, pick up, pick up a good book now

from Tea for the Tillerman


Sarah said...

I loved primary music time!

bum.by.the.sea said...

me tooo! 'course, I've only been a primary pianist, but it's definitely my favourite thing I've ever done in the church.

beetlemack said...

hey andrea, you want a fall skin, just lemme know! I have a pretty one I was thinking of offering to you. like i said just lemme know!

Chick said...

I'd love a fall skin! Do you want me to send you some of my fall photos?

Karey said...

i want a fall skin too.