Saturday, February 13, 2021

Music is the voice of the soul.

 


It was the eye contact that made Vincent stop, stop and think. In a line of leggy blond hopefuls on Gold Sands Stage, this one young lady stood out.

Vincent called out the numbers to leave, with a mumbled "Good luck".  That left five knock-dead gorgeous young women, each one filled with hope and big dreams. Vincent took a big drag on his cigar and asked her, "Whatcha do, missy?"

Some had sung, some had danced, and some did both. Okay. Good. Not bad. Awful.  And then and there she was, this woman with bold green eyes, almost defiant.

Belinda McFadden took a deep breath. This is it...this is it. I can do this., I know this. With that, the words of "Ave Maria" filled the shabby lounge, filling it with astonishing power and purity. Vincent dropped the cigar.

He leaned forward, his arms resting on the back of the chair in front of him. Mother of God. Oh, sweet Mother of God... He inhaled.  For one so jaded, so filled with cynicism, Vincent was washed clean a voice unlike he had ever heard. He wept.

"Who ARE you?" he gasped.

Belinda handed him a folded and creased envelope, carried all the way from Illinois to Nevada in her bra, too afraid to lose it. Vincent  accepted it and nodded as he read the letter from 4,000 miles away, too afraid to lose it.

Vincent exhaled, nodding, as he read the letter. "I'll do it, Kid. You got it."

What did the letter say? Who was the author? Who gave Belinda the letter? Why was it so important?

                                                 Andre' Rieu w/Mariusa and Johann Strauss

                                                            

This is a repost from 2014. We should find chances to listen to music such as this. 



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    1. This isn't something I can enjoy, even if I cannot be there.

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  2. MY take on the letter: A message from his pastor-brother, who had made a convert of Belinda, asking him to remember the prayers of his mother for the both of them, and pleading to at least looking into a return to the Church.

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    1. That is not one I had considered. Has many ways the story could go.

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  3. You don't want to know what I think was in that letter, LOL!

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  4. Ave Maria is such a beautiful piece.

    The story is neat. I have to think about possible answers.

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  5. The letter was from his mama! Okay, maybe the girl's mama saying, "Remember THAT NIGHT Vincent? This is your daughter, talented huh?
    Or.......
    You be safe,
    sherry & jack
    Good one and I love the sincerity of the singer, I wish I could enjoy the volume and range.

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    1. Such a lovely voice! that could be one suggestion.

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  6. I do hope that music isn't the only voice of the soul. If this is true I have no soul.

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    1. Your music is not soulless. It simply has a different voice.

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  7. For the first time I don't really care what was in the letter. This was so pure. Thank you.

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    1. I am glad. Whatever Vincent chooses, it will be the right choice.

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  8. That's a great beginning to the story.

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    1. There is always that. I didn't take the story any further.

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  9. It's probably a beautiful song, but I'll stick with what calms me, rock and roll and music from the 80s.

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  10. An old friend asking him a favor, someone he never expected to hear from again. For old time's sake, and for her talent, he's glad to comply.

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  11. Not having musical talent I always claim I have the talent to appreciate musical talent...and a mystery full of possibilities.

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    1. I always say that I would be a ballerina when I grew up. Oh course, one has to take lessons.

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  12. What an incredible voice and talented singer.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. So many wonderful settings of the text. I enjoy Biebl, which I have performed as both singer and conductor: https://youtu.be/L7C-VXZVSTw.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!