Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sentimental...


When I was a teenager...(it's getting to be so long ago now...) I would sit and play the piano, plunking out odd tunes I had memorized and rearranging them. My mom would yell comments from the other room about how impressed she was with my piano playing (to which I would probably roll my eyes...personally being totally unimpressed with my talent). She'd claim things like I could play songs from the radio by ear...a complete falsehood, and rather embarrassing, because it wasn't true. But she loved to hear me play the huge upright grand piano in the formal parlor. And well...now I know exactly how she felt! Savanah sits and plays beautiful songs (pieces she has composed and hears in her head first...pieces of classical music I've played from cd's since she was a little girl, just hears it and then reproduces it!). I love it when she sits down and plays. She plays the pieces that I played when I was a girl...she mastered all those plunker songs a few years ago, and I'm sure part of the concert she gives is almost identical to mine (when I was a teenager), with some amazing key changes and harmonies thrown in, and then the majority of the concert is all her. She sings harmony too...to everything, in FHE she is constantly harmonizing...it's a little crazy with Eli singing opera...the 2 little boys screaming out the words...and the middle two boys trying to literally bounce off the walls, and Ryon and I trying to hear the melody...and yet the harmony comes through loud and clear and beautiful. She is first chair in orchestra where she has mastered the violin. She can also play by ear on the violin. An amazing talent to me. I've asked her...how do you know what key it's in...her reply, "it's in the key of D". Not quite the answer I was looking for, but her little ears just know, whether it's on the piano or the violin. And lately she's been playing to release stress...is that just a mother's dream? A daughter who plays instruments for hours when her life gets overwhelming. Today a mother was telling me she's been telling her son to keep an eye out for Savanah when he gets home from his mission and then listed for me about the top 20 wonderful qualities that Savanah has. I felt a ting or twitch of "Ahh she's mine!" And then a realization that my little girl has become such a beautiful young woman, organized, loving, caring, intelligent, helpful, capable, and so many other non-one-word descriptions. I'm so grateful I have a girl...and five boys, what a great blessing!

3 comments:

Lacy said...

Oh- Savanah we love you! I wish we could spend more time with you! I am so impressed with musical talent because I don't feel like I have any! You must bring your violin and play for the family in November!

Todd said...

Keep up the playing Savanah! This is a skill you are going to cherish for the rest of your life. I wish we lived closer so we could do a violin or cello duet. Maybe someday.

Me said...

I also love being a mother to amazing children. I can relate to this music talent, as Lindsey can do similar things on the piano. I just sit and revel in their gifts! I especially love that you blogged it. I love the enthusiasm and joy that comes through on your blog! Thank you for sharing.
Christy