Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Life here on Tuesday

Well, we're already in the sixth month of the year, and it's getting hot for the summer. Since I'm allergic to pollen, etc., and therefore can't have my bedroom windows open, and since it is on both the east and south sides of the house, making it quite hot up there when it's sunny, dad--the room is on the second floor, and the window is pretty cranky, requiring engineering expertise--installed our air conditioner. We have opened our pool, but it's still pretty cold for us spoiled swimmers; it's only about 65 F. Summer school is going well, only two trig lessons left.

I've done some more composing/arraigning work recently. While sitting at the piano, I just let my fingers have free reign, and they came up with something pretty interesting for a change (as opposed to the nice but normal stuff) so moved to the computer and punched it into Finale Print Music (my music notation software). It came out pretty good, but not as good as it was at first on the piano. If I get a chance, I'll upload a mp3. I rearranged a voice solo part with piano accompaniment into a piano solo for one of mom's piano students--her favorite student--who was graduating and would be discontinuing lessons. Now, I'm working on rearranging Our God Is In Control by Don Wyrtzen from a four part choir piece with piano into a ladies trio with piano accompaniment. The guy who is teaching our Sunday school class in Ecclesiastes thought that this would go well with the book, and requested that we rearrange it. The only problem was that he didn't have anybody to sing it, so I didn't know what to arrange it for. We finally decided to just arrange it for the trio, knowing that we have some talented voices in that area, and hope they will sing it. :)

Our DSL is having some more problems this morning, but apparently it is city wide, so it's messing up everyone in Charlotte who is teaching Koreans English, not just mom. :) I was on the phone with the service providers for about an hour this morning, and spent another half hour trying to contact them. The internet problem also affects the phone lines.

Mom went up to Flint (about two hours away), taking Matthew and me with her, and bought a spinning wheel. For those who know about these things, it is an used Ashford Elizabeth 2. It retails new for about $755 (finished) but she got this one for $405 using a PayPal 10% off coupon. If I wasn't feeling so lazy (and hungry) I would take a picture of it. Maybe next time.

A quote: (I stumbled across this, and thought it was good, if wordy)

"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." - Winston Churchill

And a verse:

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

And just for good measure, another:

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:13-16

To go with the last verse, listen to song #5 on the side bar: City on a Hill (if you like bluegrass :)

In His name,


P.S. If you noticed that half of this post is some one else's words, read the end of the fourth paragraph again.


Sallie Lemponen said...

Did you end up arranging "Our God is In Control" for ladies' voices or for four part harmony. I have a copy of the song and have done it as a solo, but would like to have it for more voices for this Sunday if possible. Please let me know what you have.

Jonathan said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Yes, I did arrange "Our God is In Control" for a ladies trio, w/ the piano accompaniment from the choir arrangement. Nobody has sung it yet, but the recording the software made sounded pretty good.

I can't at the moment, but when I get a chance I'll upload some pdfs. I have a conductor/pianist's copy, with the piano part and the three voice parts, and a copy with all three voice parts. I'll put up the recording, too.

I don't know what kind of musicians you have--the piano part isn't what I would call easy, and for our pianist several weeks to pick up. However, the voice parts are pretty moderately ranged: basically for a pretty decent alto, an alto that doesn't go as low, and a moderately good soprano.

What kind of a group do you have to sing? If it would work out better, I might be able to find the four part choir arrangement as well.

I'll leave another comment when I get the stuff uploaded.

In Him,


Jonathan said...

Here you go: