Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The birds are singing!

"What did Spring time whisper? O ye rivulets,
Waking from your trance so sad,
Pleased to welcome fisher-lad With his little nets,
Speed, for summer's in the air, Prattle, for the breeze is warm,
Chatter by the otter's lair Bubble past the ivied farm;
Wake the primrose on the banks Bid the violet ope her eyes
Hurry in a flood of thanks Underneath serener skies!
What a revel's coming soon Fairies trooping o'er the leas,
Crowned with wood anemones!
What a haunted heart the thrush Nurses in the blackthorn bush,
Full of splendid songs to sing, Cheery welcomes of the Spring -
Spring is come!" ~ Norman Gale

"And Hark! how blythe the Throstle sings,
He, too, is no mean preacher;" ~ Wordsworth

"Tis the merry nightingale That crowds and hurries and precipitates,
With fast, thick warble, his delicious notes; As he were fearful that an April night
Would be too short for him to utter forth his love chaunt,
And disburthen his full soul of all its' music," ~ Colleridge

Friday, March 20, 2009

March Music 2009

We make the transition from farmers to musicians often. In a given day, all six of us could spend our morning with our hands in the dirt filling cells with soil for seeds or in the hoop house stirring up the deep bedding. But at a given time, we clean up, change from “chore” to “town” clothes, and have music lessons or practice instruments, or go to perform somewhere. We are living in two very different worlds…everyone does to some extent, and as much as they do, it adds depth and variety to life. See…even fantasy isn’t completely fantasized. Never wonder again where C.S. Lewis got his ideas. Real life is far more intriguing than most imagine. :)
The Lenz Trio played Wedding Dance for a Night of Music and Recitation event. Emily wrote Wedding Dance for Genna's wedding and it was premiered on Grand Avenue. Ever since, it has been a general favorite. It is a fast Irish piece! Regrettably we have no suitable recording devices or we would share it with you!

The “Boys Quartet” coached by Aubrey played “Farandole” by Georges Bizet. And every boy arrow performed a solo piece. Samuel performed on his viola for the first time accompanied by his instructor, Emily, on the violin! :) We performed in a dark church so you have to squint to see the pictures.
The “instructors”
Everyone was so thrilled with the music and recitations!

The Six Arrows :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

"The stormy March is come at last
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast
That through the snowy valley flies.

Ah! Passing few are they who speak
Wild stormy month in praise of thee,
Yet though thy winds are loud and bleak
Thou art a welcome month to me.

For thou, to northern lands again
The glad and glorious sun dost bring
And thou hast joined the gentle train,
And wearest the gentle name of Spring.

And in thy reign of blast and storm
Smiles many a long bright summer day
When the changed winds are soft and warm
And heaven puts on the blue of May."
~ Bryant