Saturday, December 5, 2009

So many blessings...

Last night my husband and I went with our families to "An Alpine Christmas" concert at Timberline Junior High up in Alpine.

It's an annual Christmas concert put on by pianist Todd McCabe and vioinist April Moriarty. They were joined by artists Jessie Clark Funk, Dan Beck, Marvin Payne and Cherie Call, as well as violist James Rhodes and young vocalist Isabelle Johnson. All I could say about the concert was, "Wow." The music and lyrics were moving; the voices, phenomenal.

During intermission, a family friend and I were chatting about how lucky we are in Utah to have such amazing musicians putting on incredible productions so close to home.

And it's true. All over the state are people who have sacrificed so much time, talent and energy into sharing the gifts they've been given with others. How blessed we are to have such people among us who lift us with their voices and the songs of their hearts.

I had the privilege after the concert to meet Todd and April. What incredible musicians they are. I also chatted with Jessie and Dan, people who have become great mentors and examples to us. We feel blessed to follow in their footsteps and learn from their amazing talents and testimonies.

And I can't forget our amazing producer and arranger, Jim Funk. He has become such a dear friend to us, and it is always so good to see him. He has a confidence in us as musicians that helps us over whatever stumbles we may come into, and we've been so blessed to have him work with us.

And while I'm listing who I'm grateful for, I definitely can't forget Gaylen Rust and everyone at RLegacy Entertainment. They sponsored last night's concert, and as I was watching I couldn't help but think about all the doors they've opened for us over the past couple of years.

We're so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible people who want to help us succeed. These people are all so talented and still are so humble and down to earth. I am so grateful for who they are, what they stand for, and the unique way in which they serve our community.