It was a great pleasure that Anna invited me for her concert. The gentleman who sang with her had a really sweet voice too. Thank you!
O Sole Mio, was one of my favorite. A lot of people know it, listen to it and sing it. But for me, it is related to some very sweet memories.
When I was in high school, which is a boarding school, our entertainment life was super boring under the pressure of entrance exam to college. What we did everyday was studying studying and studying.
However I was never a “good” girl. I always like creating something for my own pleasure. At that time, I created a philosophy student group which still exists. We just got together to read some books, listen to some classical music, and sometimes visited some church….
My philosophy group was supported by a young teacher. He was extremely kind to me, tolerated all kinds of funny thinking of me. Then in my sophomore year, a new music teacher came to our school. We later became long life “friend” ( in term of teacher and student). He was as weird as me, but he is extremely talented. he really extended my tolerance for the musicians with weird habits.. hahaha
Life in high school continuos being boring.. every day, except the time with this great music teacher. He used to sing O Sole Mio at night in the corridor after our night study class was over!!! hahahah!!!
I cannot say more how much I like to spend time with him in my high school. We were just a group of crazy idealists, pursuing hard for our dreams.. We had group of music lovers. We got together every night, forgot about study, and entrance exam.. Forgot about future, without music and passion, what did future mean to us??? We play instruments: violin and piano. My best friends played Polonaise of Chopin and Paganini’s La campanella for me as birthday gifts. At that time, I did think that I am the happiest girl in the world. It is merely about dream and passion to pursue dream.
In my sophomore year, my music teacher+ philosophy teacher and my philosophy student group played Hamlet and my music teacher wrote music for all the play. I cannot say more about how happy we were at that time.
Till now, all the students of my philosophy group spread everywhere, and our music group friends are everywhere too. Few of us keep being “idealistic”. The majority of us are immersed in the busy routine life. My music teacher was the few who still fighting for his dream. His life become more and more like Beethoven, a solemn tragedy. He never said he would want to become something great, just like I said that becoming a saint had never been something in my mind. However these were all not choices from us. For him, it is fortune, and for me, it is about God.
I never truly feel that St. Cecilia is my patron saint until recently when I look back to my high school life.. full of music and philosophy….these two become the most important ways for my life and for me to feel and understand God.
Dear St. Cecilia, one thing we know for certain about you is that you became a heroic martyr in fidelity to your divine Bridegroom. We do not know that you were a musician, but we are told that you heard Angels sing.
Inspire musicians to gladden the hearts of people by filling the air with God’s gift of music and reminding them of the divine Musician who created all beauty. Amen.