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It’s a Brand New Year!

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Last night, Mr C and I attended a wonderful concert at Trinity Cathedral. There were two string quartets, a quartet that sang a hilarious song about Chili Con Carne, and couple of jazz musicians, a Renaissance Band, the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir and a beautiful soprano Cantor, who recently moved here from Manhattan, as her husband is the new Rabbi at the neighboring synagogue. She sang some show tunes and some Hebrew music. At the end of the concert, we were given candles and the lights were dimmed. The Cantor sang from Ecclesiastes – To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…, and then a bagpiper marched up the center aisle and then played Auld Lang Syne. as we sang along. It was a wonderful experience. There was standing room, only. It was a fund raiser for a couple of programs in Portland that serve the homeless.

During the program, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, taught us a Hebrew song for the new year. I think the words were wonderful. Here they are:

Return again, return again, return again to the land of your soul.

Return to who you were

Return to what you were

Return to where you are born and reborn and reborn.

This seemed so meaningful to me in a world where we are always trying to be something new or different. Be authentic!

I leave you with this photo of my Christmas tulips. Every time I looked at them, I thought of how my mother would never have believed that we could have tulips at Christmas!


6 Responses to “It’s a Brand New Year!”

  1. Happy New Year! And hooray for starting it off with tulips!

  2. Reva says:

    I love the ecumenical-ness of that concert, and for such a good cause, too.

    My friend Beth brought red tulips to our open house yesterday, and they’ve just begun to open. Tulips are among my favorite flowers. Jerry was Mr. Prompt in taking down our chile lights this morning; at least I have something else that’s cheerful and RED to look at!

  3. mathea says:

    Happy New Year to you too, and thank you for sharing that lovely song!

  4. dee says:

    Happy New Year Gerrie. We have a close friend who is a bagpiper with the Long Island Ancient Order of Hibernians. They are so wonderful. They played at every funeral for every firefighter lost in 911. Very moving. I like your list-especially the turkey toss-don’t want to see it after the second day of samiches.

  5. The Cantor and bag piper sound wonderful. I love bag pipes (I’m wierd). I once dated a guy who’s father was a Cantor. Hearing services sung was beautiful. Sounds like it was a fabulous evening.

  6. Jane Ann says:

    How I would have loved the concert! You are fortunate to have a husband who enjoys such an activity; I am married to a Philistine and rarely have such opportunities. From your description I could almost feel I was there!

    Happy New Year!