January 30, 2018
Lyrics, Poetry and Prose 180129
A place to share some words of beauty, inspiration, and fun.
The first selection is a song I most remember my mother playing on the piano when I was young. I fell in love with it and I love it still.
The second piece is Edelweiss from the The Sound of Music. I first heard Edelweiss when I was ten years old and saw The Sound of Music. I cried when Christopher Plummer (as Captain Von Trapp) sang it before fleeing the Nazis. This is not a piano version, but that clip from the movie. My goal is to be playing Edelweiss on the piano one year from now.
And the last is a 1971 performance by the late Leon Russell, who married an extraordinary piano arrangement to vocals that feel almost acapella. How can you listen to this and not love the piano?
Click on the name of the piece to get a video.
This performance of Fur Elise is by a little girl named Hailey Meng in 2009. Hailey started playing when she was five years old. She is now a tenth grader – and still playing. This song is for Williametta.
– Fur Elise Piano Player: Hailey Meng; Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Bless my homeland forever
– Edelweiss Singer: Christopher Plummer; Writers: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Well you taught me precious secrets of a truth, withholdin’ nothin’
You came out in front but I was hiding
And now I’m so much better and if my words don’t come together
Just listen to the melody for my love’s in there hiding
And I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I love you for my life, you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over, remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singin’ my song for you
– A Song for You Singer and Composer Leon Russell