When The Music Reaches Your Soul


If there is one instrument that is inspiring to me, it is the bagpipes. That first tone just always gives me the shivers.

I love listening to them being played, because the music seams to seep into my very being and wake up my soul, especially when it's a song that is also meaningful to me.

There's something so deep and woodsy and rich about the sound of bagpipes. It's something about that humming undertone to the pipes, but it makes every note so much more penetrating.

Violins, saxophones, a deep notes played on flutes all do the same thing for me. I just love it.

Maybe those rich, woodsy sounds hold more meaning to me because of some childhood memory.

Maybe they just fit better into the music score of my life than other lighter instruments do.

Or maybe it has something to do with my love of Autumn. All of the above instruments would fit into my idea of "Autumn instruments" and they all play what would be my idea of "Autumn music".

I don't know what it is that makes me love them so much, but I don't anticipate getting over it very soon. I haven't in the 20+ years I've lived so far.

So this stormy afternoon, I'll sit here and listen to my Songs of the Piper CD, as the melodies of "Fairest Lord Jesus" and "All Creatures Of Our God And King" and other well-loved hymns fill my living room. I'll enjoy the beautiful Fall colors outside my window, feel the moisture in the air from the rain, inhale the scent of dinner cooking, and just let the notes wash over me and into me again.

What kind of music touches your soul?




Image above from BBC.co.uk.

Listening to Song Of The Piper: 36 Hymns and Traditional Tunes.

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Lauren said...

So that whole environment of you sitting there just enjoying the moment, is moving. I love those times when I can just sit & reflect on how blessed my life has been.

Kelley said...

My uncle knows how to play the bagpipes, and every once in a while he pulls them out and starts playing them indoors. It is quite the massive sound in person, but I love it as well!

Amber said...

I'm that way with a cello. I just love, love, love the deep, rich sound of the cello.

Unknown said...

I love the bagpipes! I went to a highschool where our mascot was scotsmen and we got the play them (or one person did) before our home games and our home swim meets. I love them! I also really love the french horn :)

Jenene said...

Choir music does the same for me (specfically choir songs sung acapella). To me, there is no instrument in the world that compare to the sound of many voices lifted in song, with their perfect blend of melodies and harmonies.

It's impossible to have a favorite, but one that I think you might enjoy is the Wexford Carol, sung by one of the Celtic Ladies. She is backed up by a choir, and the Irish lilt and tone makes my heart ache. It's so beautiful.

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

"Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes - nothing quite like it! Have you ever heard the song "Highland Cathedral" on Amy Grant's "Christmas to Remember" album? That was our wedding processional...absolutely amazing...and it still gives me chills and my eyes tear up when I hear it.

AmyK said...

I looove bagpipes--I always have. I think it's something to do with my hometown's Scottish heritage. We always had bagpipes at my high school homecomings and at graduation. Loved it. It always felt like it made those events more special. Years and years ago they even used to teach students how to play bagpipes; my grandma got to learn when she was in high school.

AmyK said...

Haha commenter Ashley went to a similar high school, I guess! We were the Hilanders, though.. not the Scotsmen.

AmyK said...

OH! And have you seen the movie Amazing Grace? I LOVE the bagpipes at the end when they're doing the song Amazing Grace. Always gives me the chills.

(okay, I'm done comment-spamming haha)

Anonymous said...

ah beautiful post! just enjoying the moment. As weird as this sounds I really enjoyed hearing the Aboriginal music when I was in Australia, it was pretty cool.

Kristin said...

So were we separated at birth? I am a bagpipe girl through and through.- In fact, at my wedding, I walked down the aisle behind a piper who was playing "Oh Shennendoah". Best little detail of the day! I also had a friend who was a piper, and we'd invite him over for dinner, ask him to bring his pipes, and he'd play for us. We live in a hollow, so the sound droned and echoed through the hills. It was magical. I cry whenever I hear them. - Have to look up that album you suggested for sure! Hugs, K f WP

Anonymous said...

My husband loves bagpipes too! They are very pretty and emotional too :)

Anonymous said...

One of my all time favorite set of CDs!! - Hazel

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

Yes! I adore bagpipes, Michael W. Smith's soundtrack Freedom has some gorgeous songs with bagpipes. Also the saxaphone, particularly the soprano sax (ala kenny g). Violin is also a favorite, I think we must be kindrid spirits. When I listen to music with these instruments I can feel my spirit soar!

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