Pie Jesu - John Rutter Requiem
Here is a slice of music for everyone who needs a little more peace in their day.
When I performed this, this past spring- it was right after Russia initially invaded Ukraine. I was near tears the entire performance (as you can hear the catch in my throat near the end) because the world just seems more and more agitated with more and more unrest.
As I got around to watching/editing the piece from this concert to post today...I feel the same feelings tenfold and the same desire to pray for peace. I hope to do everything I can to help refugees and those displaced by evil and war...and we need to help heal each other. There's this really great organization I recently found in Chicago.
Here is their facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152284822064409
The Pie Jesu texts means: "Blessed Jesus grant them rest".
I know that Christ's atonement is there for us. For each one of us. Even in our darkest moments. It not only grants us peace and forgiveness for our wrongdoings...it is also there for us to carry us through pain and sorrow, even from the wrongdoings of others.
"Becoming a mother changed me. I have more love, passion, and fulfillment in life; which in turn, enriches my artistry. Please join me in normalizing motherhood within the performing artist's culture."
- Rachel Sparrow
Rachel Sparrow is a professional singer, musician,(violin, piano, ukulele) actor, teacher, arranger, writer, and most importantly: a wife and a mommy of two littles. She loves to help parents make everyday life musical with their kids as well as share backstage stories, and performance experiences here. She earned her Master's degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds two Bachelor's degrees in Voice, and Music Education (certified to teach k-12 vocal & instrumental music) from Idaho State University. She is also a certified Music Together Director (music class for birth-5 yrs). See about Rachel.
"Think Outside Your Box" means 3 things:
1. Be Selfless - think beyond your own "box". (and for singers, there's more to life than your voice box!) You're capable of helping and healing others.
2. Feel Empowered to bust out of the proverbial
"box" made of societally-induced-parameters.
3. Be Bold. Innovate. Stretch yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.