Many thanks to @kateolive for including this in a collection:http://www.polyvore.com/2012_favorite_sets_part/collection?id=1920761
This wall is for my Uncle John. To say he was an incredible musician is to understate who he was. With a Masters in Piano Performance from Columbia University in New York he was of course, an excellent pianist. He was a published composer, one of the best choral directors I have known and has been honored through out the Southeast United States for his musical contributions.
But to me he was my precious Uncle John. He never married, had no children and therefore was free to spoil me rotten:). He took me to the theatre, the symphony, the ballet, the opera. I remember as a little girl, sitting on the half-wall above the orchestra
pit, my feet dangling through the red velvet curtain, chin in hands leaning on the brass rail watching him conduct orchestra rehearsals.
He loved New York City, Broadway shows, London, his 'way before its time' contemporary house, entertaining and his 7 ft Steinway Grand Piano which now sits in my living room and which I play every day.
Always loyal to his family and church, he played the organ and directed the choir. I can smell that church now....the smell of fine wood, wool carpet, furniture polish, and green beans and yeast rolls being cooked in the kitchen downstairs.
I was with John when he died, my mother and I were holding his hands, those hands that played so many shows and hymns, that conducted so many orchestras, so many excellent choirs. I was over him, my tears falling on his face, she and I singing "Jesus Loves Me' and 'Shall We Gather at the River".
From him I learned so much of beauty....the perfect piano trill, the way Mozart soars one instrument over the orchestra and lets in hang there for a moment.
I can never repay all that he did for me, all that he taught me, things so usual to him opened worlds of beauty to a little girl.
I miss him so much that my heart aches....but I rest sure in the knowledge that he will be there, waiting, those hands so beautiful to me will be outstretched to welcome me home someday.
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