In many of my blogs, I include a video of music that is as beautiful as I can find. Many times it is music by the English composer, director and accomplished musician, John Rutter. His story of being a young person who knew his love and passion reminds me of a young person in one of my classes that only wanted to draw. When talking to his mother, I suggested that she find him an art school as soon as possible because academically he was not interested…art was his passion.
John Rutter shares his words about growing up with music and his bent to do nothing else but to compose and play. Here are his words from his own website:
“I’ve known I wanted to be a musician ever since I could walk and talk, and the story is true that I first discovered music at home when I lifted the lid of the old upright piano in my parents’ London apartment and started to prod the keys, while at nursery school I sang along loudly with all the other kids at morning assembly each day. My bewildered parents, probably driven crazy by the hours of piano improvisation and piping treble singing they endured, thought that if you can’t stop it at least get him to do it better, so they sent me at age seven for piano lessons where my piano teacher told me to be a composer, or singer (or anything but please not a pianist). Fortunately the boys’ school my parents sent me to had a strong musical tradition, with daily choral worship led by the choir (I needed no second bidding to join) – and the director of music, Edward Chapman, was himself a gifted composer, a pupil in his Cambridge days of Charles Wood (a name that church musicians will know). He encouraged all of us to think composition was normal, ran a fine school choir and orchestra, and pointed my footsteps in the direction of Cambridge University, where I met David Willcocks, the legendary director of King’s College Choir, who took an interest in my compositions, encouraged me to conduct, and recommended me to Oxford University Press, who signed me up while I was still a student and have been my publisher ever since. I’m not sure where the intervening years have all gone, but in a way I’m still that kid doodling at the piano with his inventions, only now I get paid for it. I compose, conduct, produce recordings, and try to cope with the flood of commitments that a musician’s life involves. Some day I’ll get round to some hobbies.” John Rutter
If you know a child who is blessed with a gift or a desire to be something other than what the world considers some high profession…encourage him/her to look to God for the perfect life work. In doing so, it could be a great blessing to the world.
If you think you have missed using the gift God has given you, it is not too late to still enjoy what you love. I will never be the accomplished pianist that I would have hoped to have been. Once I left boarding school at age 10, the piano my mother could afford would not go up the steps to our apartment, so I turned to art lessons instead. Later in life my husband bought me a piano and I found that I still could play a few things but never like it would have been if I had had a life time of training. That talent may have been missed, but God graciously gave me a few other ones. It may not be too late to revive something you love.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace... 1 Peter 4:10
Father in Heaven, You have given many gifts and talents to us. Sometimes we have to look for them, but You have bestowed them nonetheless. Help me to use my special talent today. Help me also to encourage others to use their gifts and may Your love “bless me and shine upon me” this day. Amen
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