Monday, March 14, 2011

For Borepatch and everyone

Ever since Borepatch mentioned Grace in the comments of a previous post, Amazing Grace has been traveling in a loop through my head.  The best version I could find was Johnny Cash and his family (starts at 2:50 on the video).  But it was lovely to listen to June Carter Cash beforehand.  It seems that in the past couple of weeks, many bloggers have either had someone pass on or knows someone who has.  This is for everyone so we can remember the importance of Grace in making this human experience a bit more bearable.

12 comments:

North said...

My father, an advanced octogenarian, loves the song Amazing Grace. He will get a little bit of liquid in his eye listening to it at home. Even more so at a funeral.

I suppose that he has heard it many many times. He has lost many in his life. Fellow soldiers, friends, family. He has made it very clear that if anything is to be done at his funeral, playing Amazing Grace HAS to be done.

Now the song brings a tear to my eye.

Borepatch is a fine positive influence. You are a wonderful lady.

I have to go wipe my eye.

Midwest Chick said...

Isn't it weird how dusty places seem to get when that song is played? I love the song too, and as much as I love Johnny Cash singing it, I have to say that a full compliment of bagpipes (or even the lonely sound of one) cannot be beat.

I'm just following the excellent examples set before me. Hope it's not too dusty where you are.

Scott McCray said...

Talk about dusty - when my brother and his wife play Amazing Grace on twin fiddles, it's "Katy bar the door" - tears are a-comin'. I need to record them the next time we have a pickin' party.

Midwest Chick said...

Scott--please do!

D.W. said...

I can't even push play. I just can't. If I did, I wouldn't get anything done for the next hour...

Despite the intense sadness I associate with that song, it is beloved nonetheless.

My sincerest condolences to everyone who's lost a loved one of late.

Midwest Chick said...

It seems to have been a tough couple of weeks. Thanks for your kind words.

Borepatch said...

There's nothing not to like with Johnny and June, that's the Lord's own truth. This is awesome.

But I must confess that I like this version. Simple is so hard to do.

Borepatch said...

And I must ay that I'm very sorry for your loss, Midwest Chick. I wish I could say that I don't understand it.

Midwest Chick said...

I thought I was fairly country-music savvy but hadn't heard Lari White before. Her version was lovely! Thanks for sharing it! And my condolences to you and yours on your loss as well. From reading your blog, he sounds like he was quite a man. Maybe sorrow shared can be sorrow lifted in some way.

Borepatch said...

Thank you, Midwest Chick.

Guffaw in AZ said...

I'm not a 'traditionally-religious, Sunday-go-to-meetin' kinda guy. And, with the exception of some Bach and Vivaldi, not a big church music guy. But, having some Celtic heritage, and some cop heritage (even though I never made it there), AMAZING GRACE is just that! I've even left instruction to have it played-on the pipes-at my funeral, when that happens. Thanks for this subject, and the video! gfa

Midwest Chick said...

gfa: If you want to hear a beautiful version, follow Borepatch's link to Lari White. I think Amazing Grace is one of those songs that speaks not to the ears, but to the heart.