Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Grateful for Beautiful Music


You may never have heard the full rendition of Il Silenzioa, otherwise known as "Taps". This is a beautiful rendition. The girl's name is Melissa Venema and is playing with maestro Andre Rieu from Masstricht in the Netherlands . Don't know her age -- looks like early teens, but says she has been performing for years. At this performance in 2008, city officials sealed off the town square and closed everything down so they get perfect noise control!

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

from a story we read yesterday -- "WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY"

... "I realize how true it is that one of the primary differences between alcoholics and nonalcoholics is that nonalcoholics change their behavior to meet their goals and alcoholics change their goals to meet their behavior." I pretty much had no goals other than to party. I did enough to keep my job(s), but not a lot more.

... "One definition of a bottom is the point when the last thing you lost or the next thing you are about to lose is more important to you than booze. That point is different for everyone, and some of us die before we get there." First I lost my partner and then I lost my mind. My soul was just about gone too.

that I no longer have any DNA in my system (Drugs, Narcotics and Alcohol)

that I use Tradition 12 as a guideline to a lot of my behavior

that I got lots of little things accomplished yesterday

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank


Pam said...

Was she just awesome or what?

Scott said...

she plays beautifully... thanks for that inspiring start to my dAAy dAAve!

Scott W said...

Hey, it's almost Thanksgiving! Please make a note.

Mary Christine said...

Isn't she wonderfu!!! Thank you !

Shannon said...

wow, that was taps? wow that was beautiful!

Tall Kay said...

One of my favorite stories...and two of the best quotes! So much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving eve! said...

Melissa was 14 at the time she joined Andre Rieu on stage in Maastricht. Isn't that song haunting? It is so beautiful. :)
Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

Bill said...

The music gave me goosebumps.
Or maybe it was the fan at my desk.
Thanks, either way.

Anonymous said...

Melissa Venema was 13 when that was recorded in July of 2008. I was at that concert, and Andre mentioned her age. For more info on Andre Rieu and his wonderful concerts, go to

The Subversive Librarian said...

That was just lovely. What a way to start off Thanksgiving.

Syd said...

Thanks Dave for all of this. You make me think about many things.