Classical Music Meme turned into a Thursday Thirteen

Semicolon answered the question recently, “What are seven classical music works you love?” I started out answering the same question…but I couldn’t keep it to seven. So I decided to make a Thursday Thirteen entry of it.

These aren’t necessarily in order of preference — except the first one. 🙂

1. Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major

2. Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings

3. Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture”

4. Bach’s “Air on a G String

5. Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major, the “Surprise Symphony”

6. Bach’s Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major prelude

7. Smetana’s “The Moldau

8. Debussy’s “Claire de Lune

9. Bach’s “Wachet Auf

10. The second movement of Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”

11. Chopin’s Polonaise No.6 in A flat, Op.53 -“Heroic,”

12. Puccini’s “Nessun dorma

13. “Con Te Partiro” (Time to say Good Bye) (don’t know the composer for that one)

The links on some go to videos of performances of the piece on You Tube. The ones without links are a bit too long for that venue.

What are your favorites of the classics?

Show and Tell Friday: Boyd’s Bear figurines

show-and-tell.jpg Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home hosts “Show and Tell Friday” asking “Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there’s a story behind your special something, that’s even better! If you would like to join in, all you have to do is post your “Show and Tell” on your blog, copy the post link, come over here and add it to Mr. Linky. Guidelines are here.“

I used to like all kinds of bears, and then I discovered Boyd’s Bear figurines. I love them! They’re so cute and so detailed. Through the years my family, mainly my mom and my husband, have given me various ones. Some of my favorites are the ones that reflect my interests or what’s going in my life.

I have several “couples,” most given to me by my husband. This one is special because he gave it to me on our last anniversary because we had gotten engaged while sitting on a log in a state park.


This is where we’re headed. 🙂

Boyd's Bear couple

Here are a couple of the “Mom” ones.

Boyd's Bear moms

This reflects my love of reading…

Boyd's Bear book lover

…and chocolate. 🙂 And hearts.

Boyd's Bear chocolate lover

This is a Boyd’s Bear Collector.

Boyd's Bear Collector

I love Irish folk music, and this bear is holding sheet music for “The Last Rose of Summer.”

Boyd's Bear singer

My mom gave me this one when we were home schooling several years ago. This was one of my first Boyd’s Bears.


I love these gals “just because.”

Boyd's Bear ladies

Cooking is, of course, one of my major duties.

Boyd's Bear cook

This is a little sewing basket. I used to do a lot more sewing.

Boyd's Bear sewing basket

Finally I want to show you the little curio cabinets where most of these stay (though I have several throughout the house.) These were just little cheapie ones at Wal-Mart, and we discovered when we got them home and put together that they weren’t deep enough for many of the figurines. So my husband took apart the back and added about an inch of wood all around the back and added a mirror because the bears really weren’t showing up well amidst all the brown. Isn’t he talented?

My curio cabinets

Thursday Thirteen #16: Favorite lesser-known Christmas carols


Click on the title to see the lyrics.

1. Of the Father’s Love Begotten

2. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

3. Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

4. Wexford Carol

5. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

6. Who Is He in Yonder Stall?

7. Lo! How a Rose E’re Blooming

8. In the Bleak Mid-Winter

9. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

10. CandleLight Carol (John Rutter)

11, Once in Royal David’s City

12. All My Heart This Night Rejoices

13. Still, Still, Still

14. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
You got a bonus one there. 🙂 And here’s another, but I can’t find the lyrics: it is on a CD called A Little Christmas Music by the King’s Singers, called “The Gift,” based on the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.” You can hear a snippet of it at that link. It’s one of my most favorites, but that CD is the only place I have ever heard it.

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Favorite Christmas memory

Monrn2 has invited us all to her place at My Quiet Corner to share a favorite Christmas memory. She says:

Even if you do not come with your own Christmas memory to share, please come and just relax. The music is playing (turn up your volume), the fire is burning, hot drinks are served, plenty of goodies for everyone, and throws are available to keep out the winter chill. Today warm hearts of friends gather sharing a quiet moment of Christmas together here in “My Quiet Corner“.

Oddly enough, I don’t have any concrete Christmas memories from childhood — just wisps of little things here and there. Many of them will probably come flooding back after I post here, just like I can’t think of anything when my family asks me what I want for Christmas, but I think of several things just after! 🙂

One of my favorite Christmas memories is the first one my husband and I shared as man and wife. We got married Dec. 21 in Houston during a Christmas break of college. I normally wouldn’t advise students to get married while still in school. But I only had 3 courses left (I was one who had crammed 4 years into 5…) and my husband had two semesters. His adviser had also advised us to get married and felt my husband could concentrate on his studies better if we were. That’s highly unusual for an adviser to say, too — but, hey, we took it. 🙂

Being poor and not having much time, we did not have a honeymoon, but that was all right: we were excited about heading back to SC and setting up housekeeping. We spent our first night at a nice hotel in Houston, then went over to my mom’s house the next day to load up my “stuff” out of my bedroom into a U-haul truck to drive back to SC. Unfortunately, something went wrong with our car, so we had to stay another night. Being poor still, we didn’t have money for another night at a hotel, so…we spent the night in my bedroom. That did seem more than a little strange, let me tell you!

I don’t remember what was wrong with the car, but my step-father is a great mechanic, and somehow he and Jim got the thing running, and we were on our way. I think we may have spent a night in a hotel along the way, because we ended up arriving in Greenville, SC, very late Christmas Eve. We contacted the university faculty member through whom we were renting a little mobile home and followed him out to our new place — it was his new place, too, as he had just bought it in order to rent it out to students. He invited us to the Christmas banquet the school was offering the next day to all the faculty, staff, and students who remained on campus. We gratefully accepted his invitation, unloaded just enough stuff to go to bed, and fell in.

Bright and early the next morning, Christmas morning, we heard a loud banging on our front door. We couldn’t figure out what in the world or who in the world it could be. My husband scrambled himself together enough to open the door when what should his wondering eyes behold but a short grey-haired man — with no beard, no red suit, and a decidedly unjolly expression.

It turned out to be the man who owned the mobile home park. He had not been told that anyone new was moving in, and furthermore, he did not allow renters. He was very upset. I don’t know how the transcation had occured between our landlord and the previous owners without taking into account the need to contact the landlord of the mobile home park — maybe they each understood the other was going to do that. I don’t remember exactly what Jim told him: something to the effect that we were sorry, we didn’t know, we’d have our landlord contact him.

When we met our landlord for lunch, we told him the dilemma. He went out to see the man and they worked it out amicably: the man would allow us to stay.

This man (whose name escapes me) was a little old man who shuffled when he walked and looked like he would be no physical threat to a puppy dog, yet he was one of those people who somehow exuded authority, who seemed to convey that you didn’t really want to mess with him. He lived next door to the mobile home park and drove through it several times a day keeping an eye on things. He had pretty strict rules (which we appreciated). After that inauspicious beginning, we got along really well. We tried to never give him any reason to regret allowing renters into his park. It was the nicest mobile home park I’ve ever seen — a lot of trees and space between homes. We lived there happily for seven years.

Back to that first Christmas: after everything was worked out between the two landlords, we unpacked and settled in. We celebrated Christmas a few days late. We had a little 2-foot artificial tree that had been my grandafther’s (I cringe to say it was aluminum, but we were happy with it at the time. 🙂 ) We shopped the after-Christmas sales for ornaments, decorations, and presents. Two of our ornaments were angels made out of candle wax (maybe they were supposed to be candles — we used them as ornaments) who looked like us: a boy angel with brown hair and a girl angel with blond hair. We put those up next to each other for years until they melted in the attic of our current home.

Despite the trouble of that first Christmas day together, we celebrated in newlywed euphoria and were very happy. We’ll be celebrating our 27th anniversary and Christmas together this year. 🙂

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Thursday Thirteen #15: Favorite “old” movies


In no particular order:

1. Young at Heart (with Frank Sinatra and Doris Day)

2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Jimmy Stewart)

3. Penny Serenade (Cary Grant, Irene Dunn)

4. I Remember Mama (Irene Dunne)

5. An Affair to Remember (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr)

6. White Christmas (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye)

7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

8. It’s a Wonderful LifeI (Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed)

9. Roman Holiday (Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn)

10. It Happened One Night (Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert)

11. The Yearling (Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman)

12. Singin’ in the Rain (I don’t really like the film all that much, but the scene with the title song sung by Gene Kelly dancing in the rain is one of my all time favorites.)

13. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day)

I am sure there are many I have forgotten, and there are many more I’d like to see some day.

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Thursday Thirteen: Favorite Bible Verses


1. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13.

2. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6.

3. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6.

4. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10.

5. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3.

6. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

7. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephanoah 3:17.

8. And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee. II Chronicles 14:11.

9. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Psalm 37:7

10. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. Psalm 36:7

11. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Psalm 145:8.

12: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:12-13.

13. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6.

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Do Not I Love Thee?

This song has been ministering to my heart since I first heard it, but it has been on my mind a lot this past week.

Do not I love Thee, O my Lord?
Behold my heart and see;
And turn each cursèd idol out,
That dares to rival Thee.

Do not I love Thee, O my Lord?
Then let me nothing love;
Dead be my heart to every joy,
When Jesus cannot move.

Within the darkness of this heart,
Other gods would vie for my affections.
But Thou art exalted far above all gods.
Let nothing keep me from Thy love.

Thou know’st I love Thee, dearest Lord,
But O, I long to soar
Far from the sphere of mortal joys,
And learn to love Thee more!

I don’t know about you, but for me, the other gods vying for my affection seems almost constant. I do pray that the Lord will “turn each cursed idol out that dares to rival” Him and help me “learn to love [Him] more.”

This is the version as sung by the Soundforth Choir on the CD “More Like You, Lord.” The hymn was written by Philp Doddridge, published in 1755 after his death. More of the verses to the original hymn can be found on Cyberhymnal. The tune there by Elizabeth Cuthbert is not one I am familar with. The interlude in stanza 3 above, the music, and the orchestration were written by Craig Curry.

“In My Weakness”

This song had been ministering to my heart for the past couple of days — well, for the past several months since I first heard it sung by a young man in our church. It is on the Quiet Heart CD I’ve mentioned before. You can hear a snippet of it here.

I searched for the lyrics online and couldn’t find them. It was written, or released in 2000, so it’s not new. It was written by Mike Harland and Cary Schmidt. I am not sure whether it is violating a copyright to put them here — I hope not (if so, someone let me know and I’ll take it down). It’s based on II Corinthians 12:9-10: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

When living life for Jesus Christ become too hard a task,
When obedience means sacrifice that seems too much to ask;
That’s when I learn that my own strength isn’t really strength at all,
And I find rest in humbleness when I surrender all.

In my weakness He is strong;
In my need He leads me on.
When I come to the end of all I am,
And I place my trust in Him;
That’s when His strength begins —
In my weakness.

When failures in my human strength have weakened all my pride,
And ruined hopes in fallen dreams have crumbled me inside;
It’s then by grace I fin’lly see the strength of Jesus Christ,
His victory is real in me when weakness fills my life.

In my weakness He is strong;
In my need He leads me on.
When I come to the end of all I am,
And I place my trust in Him;
That’s when His strength begins —
In my weakness.

Thursday Thirteen: Favorite CDs

For this weeks Thursday Thirteen, I thought I’d make a list of favorite CDs. But since I have many more than thirteen, I’m going to cheat stretch the rules just a tad and group some of them by genre, artist, or publisher:

1. Anthems by Brad Wilson. There are several songs I love there, but the new arrangement of “The Old Rugged Cross” brought me to tears the first several times I heard it. Brad has a wonderful voice both in its sound and its expressiveness. I hope he makes more recordings!

2. The Paillard Chamber Orchestra’s version of Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel is one of my all-time favorites ever. My husband gave this album to me when we were dating, and we’ve gotten the CD version since. I have this piece in various forms (piano, brass, orchestra), and this is my favorite. The rest of the CD is nice, too. 🙂

3. Movie soundtracks: Sense and Sensibility (this is particularly soothing. I love to put it on when I’m feeling a little frayed around the edges. I have to admit I like the vocals in the film better than on the CD, though) and The Man From Snowy River.

4. The King’s Singers: Chanson d’amour (a collection of various types of loves songs. I particularly like “She’s Like the Swallow,” “Who Is Sylvia?” and “Down With Love”); Annie Laurie: Folksongs of the British Isles (particularly “Annie Laurie,” “Sally Gardens,” and “Mairi’s Wedding); and Watching the White Wheat: Folk Songs of the British Isles, (particularly “O Waly, Waly” [also known as “The Water is Wide.” The opening cello part is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard], “The Star of the County Down,” and “O my love is a red, red rose”).

5. The Irish Tenors. I think I like the first CD best, particularly “The Old Man,” “Grace,” and “Red Is the Rose.”

6. I don’t know what genre the Eine Kleine Kaffemusik CDs by the Mulfinger siblings is: I think maybe it is a new genre of its own. 🙂 I like all of them, but especially the first one — maybe because I’ve listened to it the most. Favorite pieces there: “Piano Ambleside” and “October.”

7. Kelly Yost’s piano recordings: Quiet Colors (love all of this, but especially “Anne’s Theme” from Anne of Green Gables) and Piano Reflections (Pachelbel’s Canon, “Jennifer’s Song,” “The Swan”).

8. Guitar CDs: Simple Gifts by Christopher Parkening; Cantate Domino by Brian Pinner; Sun of My Soul by Brian Pinner and David Chapman; Hear My Prayer by Matthew Burtner.

9. Most of the Steve Petit Evangelistic team’s CDs: If Eyes Could See (“O Wondrous Love,” “Coming Home,” “Doxology,” “Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting”); Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (title song, “I Know a Fount,” “How Can I Keep From Singing,” “How Deep the Father’s Love,” “Psalm 61”); O Love Divine; Weep No More; Higher Ground; Let Christ Be Lifted Up.

10. The Herbster brother’s CDs Be Strong in the Lord and Show Thyself Strong.

11. Many of the Sacred Music Services CDs, but especially Worship the King, Get On Board (old spirituals — magnificently done), and the Christmas CD King of Glory.

12. Many of the CDs from The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center, but especially To the Praise of His Glory by Mary Lynn Van Gelderen (especially “Prayer of Consecration”) and His Way Is Perfect by Sherie Trainer, and Proclaim His Name by Tim Fisher and Mac Lynch.

13. Last, but not least — in fact, these are some of my favorite favorites 🙂 — Soundforth’s CDs: A Quiet Heart (“Before the Throne of God Above,” “I Could Not Do Without Thee,” “In My Weakness,” “We Are Not Alone” [the last one took some getting used to — it’s a little unusual for Soundforth, I think. But it grew on me. ]); A Strong Tower (“How Deep the Father’s Love For Us,” “My Father’s Love,” “Bow the Knee”); More Like You, Lord (“Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?” “Thyself In Me”); Faithful I Will Be (“Grace,” “I Gave My Life For Thee.”); and Refuge (“Refuge,” “While He Is Near,” “By the Gentle Waters”).

Whew! And that’s not even mentioning Majesty Music or other classical pieces like Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

Favorite fiction books and authors

A lot of Christian fiction has been beneficial to me in many ways, but one that stands out is Janette Oke’s A Quiet Strength. It’s the third book in one series, and in that one, a young girl has just gotten married and is struggling with the fact that her husband is out of the house so much. I was struggling with that as well, even though I’d been married longer.

Janette Oke is the one who started a love of Christian fiction in my life!

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