During the 2020 pandemic, singer songwriter Janis Ian started a project from a song that she wrote one day. Hoping to give some exposure to musicians out of work, it quickly became a hopeful diversion for many, and another opportunity for me to work with the talented young baritone, Ryan Willaims. Ryan is clearly one of the easiest musicians I have ever worked with. Check out our recording: https://www.loriarsenault.com/better-times-will-come-janis-ian-with-ryan-williams/
This is my friend Ryan Williams and me singing “Amazing Grace” by John Newton. This was a nice collaboration. Ryan is our newest singer at St. Anne’s Church in Gorham.
As I think of amazing grace, I really am quite amazed at what I see going on around me. In the midst of a pandemic, people have a nearly incontrollable urge to communicate. At the same time, we have scads of people communicating all of their frustrations, but unable to get through the log-jam keeping government offices unable to deal with the massive amount of communication that needs to be done.
I have an image of Geraldine sitting at the switchboard on Saturday Night Live…
So, it seems to me that there are a lot of people interesting in having information that needs to get out to a whole lot of people, and at the same time we have only few people who don’t know what a network is and how it works. In case anyone is wondering, we are all part of a great network.
Can we all try to make better use of our networks and each other in the way that will help ease everyone’s frustrations, and get things done that need to be done. Goodness abounds.
Grace is indeed amazing. In faith, we call it Amazing Grace. In FIRST Robotics, we call it Gracious Professionalism.
One of the very first things I learned about training dogs was to teach them to be bored. It’s actually a kindness to the animal, giving them freedom to be at peace with wherever they are, and whatever they are doing. We do well to share that lesson with children and adults too! I don’t really understand boredom… there is always something to do, and now especially when staying home is really useful.