Tuesday, August 2, 2011

This is Silly, But...

Tonight's Vespers (Tuesday Evening Prayer week II), include Psalm 49. It includes this line:

I will turn my mind to a parable,
with a harp I will solve my problem.

David solved his problem, which was apparently temptation to jealousy over the properity of his wealthy enemies, by realizing that, well, "you can't take it with you."  The antiphon adds Our Lord's completion of this idea: Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.

But I got stuck on with a harp I will solve my problem.

Without having to compose songs with profound insights, I too, can solve my problem with my harp.
That is, by playing (badly) my violin, or (somewhat better) singing or playing piano. Or at the very least I can de-stress, forget my problems for a while, and later see things in perspective for having taken that music break.

Admittedly, I'm  likely to be singing/playing  Broadway showtunes and some embarrassing but nostalgic top 40 hits from my misguided youth.(don's ask which ones unless your willing to tell me yours.)  But sometimes it's hymns as well.

Tonight I'm finishing sample chapters from not one but two potential books to pitch at the Catholic Writers Guild Conference this week, and packing up for the five hour drive that will take me there. Leaving tomorrow and  I still haven't put together that dressed for success outfit, or decided which purse/briefcase/portfolio to use. And it's one hot night.

I think I'd better burst into a medley of "My Favorite Things", "Some Enchanted Evening" "Bennie and the Jets" and "Nearer My God to Thee" before I do anything further about the mess of clothing and luggage on my bed.

That should solve my problem.


  1. I love your playlist--and it's good to know I'm not the only one in this boat.

  2. I've always read that a little less literally and taken it as my motto as a writer: David solved his problems by composing songs/psalms. I also solve by problems through the process of composition by writing about them. But I quite like the idea of music as stress release.

  3. In other words, Melanie, we deal with life's problems by practicing our art, whether for escape (me singing) or by using one's art to directly confront or atleast explore them.

    Okay, Barb. What's on your playlist?

  4. I do the same thing. I also sing when I have hard work to do, but I do it as I work. It's like the seven dwarves: Whistle While you Work.
    Jeanne G.

  5. Daria, I've had a weird playlist this week, including (but not limited to) "Dear Amy" by MinorMotion, "Mame" (my 9-year-old is in this play and I've been to rehearsal), "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass and "There's Something Stuck Up in the Chimney." Don't judge...

  6. You charm the blues right out of the horn, MA-AME
    You charm the husk right off of the corn, MA-AME.

    Haven't sung that since high school choir. Love it.

  7. When I read it I pictured a harp strung with beads, like an abacus.

    An even sillier image. I don't think the Israelites had abaci.