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Music Moves Me More Than Words

I struggle a great deal with written and verbal communication due to my learning disability.  It always feels like I’m reading and hearing a foreign language.  But with music it’s a totally different story.

Music moves me more than words ever will.  I can hear music in my head, but I’ve never learned to read notes.  I took a few months of piano lessons with a friend down the street over the summer, but trying to learn how to read simple notes on a page was really difficult for me.  So, I can still only play by ear.

When I come home from work or I need to take a break from a project, you’ll find me in my front room playing the piano.  It’s where I can take off my thinking cap and relax in my happy place.  I feel as though I can clear my mind and inspiration just floods into my head.  I have created about 15 compositions and have made 25 or so different arrangements to songs.

We are all busy this week so I wanted to keep this post short and sweet, and simply share an arrangement that I put together a couple of weeks ago.

Please forgive me, I’m not a professional pianist, and my piano is 0ver 100 years old and not perfectly in tune.  Also, I recored this on my iPhone, so the sound quality isn’t the best, but I’m using what I have.

I hope you enjoy my brief arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

I wish you all a very safe and very merry Christmas!

Love Melessa


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  • Sonya Payne
    December 23, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Melissa you never cease to amaze me, Heavenly Father loves you so much and you can tell by how he has blessed you in other ways to compensate for the things you struggle with. It is amazing and thank you for sharing. I took eight years of piano and I can’t even play anything from the easy hymns.😬

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Thank you Sonya! I am grateful to have this gift. It helps lift my spirits when I struggle with the everyday basics.

  • Anonymous
    December 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Just beautiful! And so appreciate at this time of year!

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I love this melody! I could listen to every arrangement of this song and never get sick of it.

  • Teresa Hirst
    December 23, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Thank you Melissa for a beautiful start to the day. Your talents are a gift to me.

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

      You are so welcome Teresa! Listening to music is such a wonderful way to start the day!

  • Amy
    December 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

    There’s no end to your talents, my friend. Thank you for the gift of beautiful music.

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

      As an artist I love to share! Thank you Amy!

  • Karen
    December 23, 2016 at 9:29 am

    You are just a natural! So many talents!! Thanks for sharing and spreading some Christmas spirit!

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 9:34 am

      I love music, I wish I had time to play all day long! Merry Christmas Karen! Thank you!!

  • Anonymous
    December 23, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Oh Melessa!!! I was so so excited to see today’s Post! I’ve been anxiously waiting for you to share your talent on the Blog!!! Love, love, love the arrangement! Just. Beautiful.

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you! I was super nervous about doing this, but thought, well what the heck, why not! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Lillian Soza
    December 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Speaking as someone who knows how to read music, it can sometimes be limiting- I couldn’t have put together such a beautiful piece of music without the notes right in front of me. I love music too. It’s so much easier to communicate emotion! Thank you for sharing your testimony through music!

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Your very sweet Lillian! Thanks so much for your compliments and comment!

  • Heather Lassle
    December 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Just so beautiful Melessa. Isn’t it amazing that some of our sweetest, most cherished talents come almost as a direct result of our struggles and weaknesses?

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Yes, it defiantly does. It’s that called bitter/sweet? Thank you so much!

    • Melessa
      December 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Many thanks!

  • Allison T.
    December 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I love to hear you play and so do your nieces and nephews. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful song with us this morning, we loved it!!

    • Melessa
      December 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Miss you!!

  • janahogan
    December 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Oh my word–this is outstanding!! How long have you been playing?

    • Melessa
      December 28, 2016 at 10:13 am

      I taught my self by ear when I was 6 and I’ve been playing like this ever since. I do not know how to read music.

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