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Santa’s music

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Santa reviews the music

Santa reviews the music

With all the events on Friday I didn’t tell you  how our community band’s Christmas concert went.  The concert opened with a few pieces played by a local hand-bell choir.  Their soft gentle melodies soothed our souls in a way few things could.  Though I have to say during “Greensleeves” it was pretty hard not to let the tears slide down my  checks.   As our conductor said at the end of their selections; “I think they’ve taken us to the peaceful place we need to be.”

When it was our turn to play we sat up on that high school stage and looked out into that large audience, filled with families complete with grandparents and little children.   We could still feel our hearts hurting but we were also filled with resolve to salvage something of this magical time of the year.  And so we played.  Yes there were a few bumps, and  some bad moments where we lost our concentration as well as the melody, but there were also joyous moments and fun filled moments and laughs and smiles and rousing applause.

Santa came to visit us and conducted a few of the pieces.  We always enjoy him and are especially honored to have his attention at this busy time of the year.  The children in the audience could hardly wait to visit with him after the concert.

Santa rehearses the band.

Santa rehearses the band.

In the end what felt almost inappropriate as we were driving to the venue turned out to be  just right.  In the midst of overwhelming sadness we created a little bubble of joy and for a couple of hours we were reminded to enjoy our families, to share some holiday spirit, to appreciate our community, and especially to enjoy the moment because, as we all know, the moment is all we have.

Let each of your moments be filled with love, music and warmth.

And we're on!

And we’re on!

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

11 thoughts on “Santa’s music

  1. Glad to hear that it went well! How fun to be led by Santa.

    Christmas should be a time of peace. I hope all the families in Newtown can find a sliver of peace this week.

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  2. Wow you were sitting so close to Santa. Mommy always played low brass instruments like the trombone and baritone horn. Mommy always used to sit in the back row far away from the conductor. Mommy says its interesting seeing your view from the clarinet section. Mommy would be terrified sitting so close to Santa the director. Santa would probably put mommy on the naughty list for hitting flat notes. Anyway glad your concert went well. Mommy saw the music piece on your stand that said trombone christmas wonder how that song sounds. She will have to look it up.

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  3. I’m glad you were able to create your bubble of happiness. Merry Christmas 🙂

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  4. Music soothes all kinds of troubled hearts, doesn’t it, Dawn? Glad you were able to help soothe the hearts of your audience in this trying time.

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  5. I’m so glad that you all played and that people listened and enjoyed. I can almost hear the music from here. And I LOVE your cover photo.

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  6. I am sure you warmed many hearts that evening and for a time lifted a sadness from everyone

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  7. It is those bubbles of joy that allow us to go on. Thank you for helping to provide them.
    I love your header picture! It is just so – seasonal and peaceful.

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  8. Blessings for those bubbles of joy amidst sadness. Smiling at that picture of conducting Santa rehearsing the band.

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  9. How lovely that you were able to give joy and feel peace, Dawn.

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