Music on Monday

Mandy Harvey – “Try”

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This clip has been storming the internet. Ms. Harvey has an incredible talent, and she certainly had to fight to recapture it once she lost her hearing. The song is particularly meaningful, as well, because it captures part of her struggle, which she’s masterfully translated into music, and turned into a piece that is universally understood at a similarly deep level.

I also love what Simon Cowell has to say to her at about the 5:00 point in the above video. He, being in the business that he’s in, has seen an awful lot of the good and the bad of the industry. There are all these people who go into show business for all kinds of reasons, but what is extremely rare is someone who not only has the talent and drive, but who also is inspiring at the same time. Mandy Harvey has worked harder than most to have gotten to the stage of “America’s Got Talent”. The woman practices endlessly not just to be able to sing, but even just to continue to talk, because it is extraordinarily hard for deaf people, even if they could hear for decades, to maintain an intelligible speaking voice once they became deaf. Inspiring in so many ways…

An interview with Mandy Harvey from earlier in 2017, I believe.

Thanks to Bookworm Room here for the “tip-off” – http://www.bookwormroom.com/2017/06/08/mandy-harvey-musicality-deafness/

Music on Monday

Josh Ritter – “The Temptation of Adam”

Several years ago, I happened through Moscow. Moscow, Idaho, that is. Yes, I’ve been to the big one as well, but that’s beside the point. I know of two people from Moscow, Idaho: Josh Ritter and Mark Runsvold. I thought it would have been neat to run into Mark Runsvold, but it didn’t happen. And I’ve never had occasion to go back.

Christ is Risen! (Music on Monday)

In the Christian world, Pascha (Easter) is the greatest celebration of all, even eclipsing Christmas. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior, who was born of a virgin. Easter, though, celebrates the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and in so, the destruction of death itself, and the foreshadowing of the final destruction of evil. Every Sunday is a little bit of a reminder of this, but Easter is the pinnacle of this.

Forgive me for the “blog silence” as well… Things just get crazy, and it’s hard to sit down and write!