True beauty comes to us through physical realities, but it originates in the spiritual.
We sense this in music—if a performer is technically accurate in what is played, but does not put any emotion into their performance, it affects how the piece sounds. The beauty of the music comes not simply from the notes themselves, but from a particular performer infusing her heart into those notes.
When we know the heart behind the music, it becomes more meaningful. How many times have you purchased CDs after hearing someone perform in person? Very often, I like an artist’s music better after seeing and hearing them right in front of me.
I met Frieda Yang, director of the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, at a writer’s conference this past spring. She came, like I did, to improve her writing skills, but she also picked up her violin and joined the worship team a few times during the week.
You can listen to a few minutes of her beautiful music here—scroll to the bottom of the page.
Wednesdays here at Rooted in Beauty are dedicated to Things of Beauty. If you have noticed or created something beautiful, describe it in a comment or leave a link to your online site to share it with the rest of us.