To My Hero…

8 11 2011

I was running a few errands, this morning, and the Enrique Iglesias  song, Hero, began to play on the radio. I was, of course, tapping my foot to the melody and enjoying the beautiful fall day in Judy’s wonderful little convertible and it hit me…

…This is a beautiful song meant for a beautiful person and that beautiful person, to me, is Judy…

Without going to great analytical lengths and pontificating, I just want to say that Judy is my Hero; Judy did save my soul; Judy does take my breath away.

Enjoy the lyrics, enjoy the music video below!

Hero

let me be your hero
Would you dance
if I asked you to dance?
Would you run
and never look back?
Would you cry
if you saw me crying?
And would you save my soul, tonight?

Would you tremble
if I touched your lips?
Would you laugh?
Oh please tell me this.
Now would you die
for the one you loved?
Hold me in your arms, tonight.

I can be your hero, baby.
I can kiss away the pain.
I will stand by you forever.
You can take my breath away.

Would you swear
that you’ll always be mine?
Or would you lie?
would you run and hide?
Am I in too deep?
Have I lost my mind?
I don’t care…
You’re here tonight.

I can be your hero, baby.
I can kiss away the pain.
I will stand by you forever.
You can take my breath away.

Oh, I just want to hold you.
I just want to hold you.
Am I in too deep?
Have I lost my mind?
I don’t care…
You’re here tonight.

I can be your hero, baby.
I can kiss away the pain.
I will stand by your forever.
You can take my breath away.

I can be your hero.
I can kiss away the pain.
And I will stand by you forever.
You can take my breath away.
You can take my breath away.

I can be your hero.

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Architectural Music

8 11 2011

Judy and I have a great system, I cook and she reads the local paper to me as I cook; she gets a wonderful meal (usually) and I stay current on news and events (usually). About two weeks ago, as I created another culinary feast, Judy read a story describing a number of Halloween events scheduled around Salem County. While many events were the same old traditional haunted houses, costume contests, hayrides, mazes, etc. one, in particular, caught our eye, that being organ recital entitled, Tunes from the Crypt. As Judy reminded me, we had wanted to attend this event for the past two years but always had a conflict and, while this year appeared to be no different, we still snipped the article and left it on the counter for future reference.

Fast forward to the Monday before Halloween in which a little  (very little) cleaning of the kitchen caused the article regarding Tunes from the Crypt to again surfaced. This time I was the orator and noticed that the event was being held at the St. Johns Episcopal Church in Salem; this instantly reinvigorated my interest as this was one of the gorgeous, historic buildings in downtown Salem that I had wanted to get a peak inside. So, while attendance was still not assured, we now had the incentive of an intriguing organ recital inside of what appeared to be a wonderful architectural treasure…we were not to be disappointed on either account.

Fortunately, as the Friday of the event unfolded, everything fell into place; we scramble around and were able to hit the trash dump, stop by the barn, feed all of the four-legged children, get our Halloween float buttoned up (see pics on the Churchtown Veterinary facebook page), and get our Saturday’s (WPBA) tabling event set up…whew…So, at precisely 5:50, that evening, Judy and I made our way up one of the side aisles of a truly gorgeous church to enjoy, what was soon, truly mystical organ music in an equally intoxicating space.

As we sat, awaiting commencement of the concert, my senses started drinking in the sights, sounds, and feelings of this architectural treasure. The vaulted ceiling, with its beautiful tongued and grooved finish was gorgeous; the stained glass windows were magnificent; the alter and choir apse were incredible spaces; and the organ chamber was phenomenal. According to facts gleaned from St. John’s website, this wonderful structure was dedicated  on February 8, 1838 and is a blend of Norman and Gothic styles which is common of the period. In 1880, a partner of noted architect Frank Furness, George Hewitt designed an enlargement and and renovations, as well as a new Chapel in 1883.

And then, at precisely 6pm, the lights dimmed and our host for the evening, Dr. James Turk, introduced the program and  organ recitalist for the evening. For the next 50 minutes, Dr. Turk and the organist/artist, Joanne Koerber Owen, charmed us with a program that could only be described as enchanting. The creations of Bach, Schumann, Bedell, Alain, and Gigout filled the great sanctuary with a sense of awe; a sensation of combining great music with equally great architecture.

So, today, I offer thanks to all of the sponsors, planners, and patrons of this incredible event . As a matter of fact, there are many upcoming events and concerts scheduled; I would encourage any and all to go to the websites of The Salem County Chamber of Commerce of The Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission for a complete listing.

And, as I have reported in previous blogs, the arts are definitely flourishing in Salem County, New Jersey!








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