Junior Ganymede
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Special musical number

November 13th, 2016 by Vader

Your ward is unusually blessed with musical talent. Most Sacrament meetings include a musical number halfway through the service, in addition to the usual hymns.

This week it is a mother and daughter on violin with piano accompaniment. The daughter begins, playing the familiar tune from “A Child’s Prayer”. Her playing is that of a promising student who has begun to master the volin: On pitch, on tempo, but slightly tentative, with no vibrato.

On the second verse, the mother takes over. The mother is the principal of her section in the local orchestra. The music is rich, vibrant, full of life. For a moment you feel slightly badly that the mother is showing up her daughter, a little.

Then it hits you. The first verse of the song is the child’s prayer. The second verse is the parent reassuring the child that there is a Father who hears every prayer. The contrast in musical experience is perfect for the message of the song.

As the mother and daughter join in the fugue that is the third verse, you start to choke up.


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November 13th, 2016 14:46:40

Bruce Charlton
November 13, 2016

I was reading this as a typical G posting, then I realised the author was Vader, with a slight shock – then I realised why I was shocked… it was the final ‘choke’-up comment. (!)

November 13, 2016

Hmm. The pun is rather unfortunate.

But, yes, I am half-consciously imitating the style of G’s excellent posts.

November 13, 2016


Bruce Charlton
November 14, 2016

Anyway – It was a lovely piece.

November 14, 2016

And I am choking up as I read this post. Thank you.

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