We had tickets to the symphony last night. I was tired, and not in the least enthusiastic about leaving the house on a bitterly cold night that was promising to become icy. In the end I was glad I did.
The program was a celebration of Black History Month. It opened with pieces from Porgy and Bess; Gershwin is consistently good for my soul. Another set featured pieces by William Grant Sills, the first African-American to compose an opera.
Hands down my favorite part of the night was a powerful delivery of Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech. As the poetry of the words spoken in the rich tones of Richard Todd Payne's voice filled the auditorium, the symphony played Precious Lord, Take My Hand and We Shall Overcome in the background. The effect was incredibly moving. Any residual hesitation about leaving the comfort of my home I might have still clung to melted away as Payne spoke of the symphony of brotherhood and my heart felt a sense of hope for our country that it hadn't felt in a long time.
Ten Things of Thankful
Music that soothes the savage soul
The wise and lovely words of Martin Luther King Jr
A reminder that this country has faced difficult times filled with hate and anger in the past, and has managed to weather the storm
A closely related reminder that this too shall pass
Strong voices who lead in peace through example
The company of my husband