Musings From A Musical Mind

By Heart

I was teaching a piano lesson today. My student forgot her music. It was critical for her to have her music today for the recital that she is playing in –  in a couple of weeks – and the song that she was playing just happened to be in the book she left at home. It could have been a disaster. While I have much of the music in a file in my office for such occasions as this – I did not have that particular piece that she is working on for the recital. I racked my brain thinking about what I was going to do so the time would not be wasted – I’m using all of the next few weeks in full concentration on the song that every student is either playing or singing. It was most frustrating – and I already had a tension headache from a rather demanding theater rehearsal! Ugh. But quickly I came up with a plan – I found out how much she could remember “by heart” – and I would fill in the rest. This was hard – and it took much patience on both our parts – but after repeating each measure over and over – we found that we could remember and learn the entire first half of the song in the limited time we had. It was a little painful – but in the end I think she will actually appreciate going home now and having the written music in front of her – after her hard work – and learning it from the actual music will seem less painful after doing some strenuous workout for her memory.

It’s amazing what you bring to mind – and recall – “from heart” when you need to. It’s funny how we can remember – when we need to.
There’s a Jim Brickman song that I love.  These lyrics express it all:

“Even if we’re worlds apart – I’ll find my way back to you – by heart”

I love this.  This is the cry of the  heart.  The heart that never forgets.  The heart that knows whom it loves.

My prayer for you tonight – is that you always remember what the heart does – by heart.

God Bless

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Comments on: "By Heart" (4)

  1. I love Jim Brickman. One of my favorite pianists and I have three of his CD’s. Kelly and I listen to him all the time, but I don’t remember that song or words! You must remind me.

    I have forgotten more than what I have learned over my life time. It is amazing, however, when in the midst of something my memory will dig something up out of the past that had laid dormant for years – and just when I need it! I think it’s a little bit of the incredible power of the brain God created us with (which I often wish I could tap more into) and the work of God’s Spirit. Nevertheless, I often find myself playing the role of the Scarecrow on the journey in this land of Oz to often.

    • It could be that “male” brain of yours that you are always so eager to point out to me whenever I can’t understand why you react a certain way – or all “guys” in general! But I am glad to know that even the male brain can remember and tap into things of the past that have laid dormant. It is a miracle of God – and a special sweetness to remember those things we think are long forgotten. I know the “heart” never forgets – I’m so glad for that.

  2. Isn’t it amazing how God uses things in our lives to bring home certain ideas and lessons for us?

    • I was thinking the same thing! Man it was frustrating at the time though! I really didn’t want or need a blog illustration right then – if you know what I mean!!

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