7.18.2014

Angelic


My oldest son is quite an accomplished musician for such a tender age. He is 16 and has already received numerous awards and accolades from the music community. His instrument of choice is the alto saxophone, but he also plays the soprano and tenor sax, the clarinet, and is training on flute and keyboard. He adores big band jazz and classical pieces. For the past 3 years he has sat in our areas county honor orchestra for students. Each year we are invited to attend this marvelous performance which features music that challenges the skills of these young musicians. One year in particular, a year in which I will never forget, the orchestra played a song called Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli. It was one of the most intriguing songs I have ever heard. It was hauntingly beautiful. At the conclusion of the performance, you could hear a pin drop, and then suddenly, one-by-one, we, the audience rose to our feet and presented the students with a thunderous applaud. I literally had tears streaming down my cheeks. I couldn't believe that my young son had contributed to this amazing musical masterpiece. I invite you to play the song while you scroll through this post. You'll get a real feel for my vision. Please hear the entire song. It will leave you speechless. Enjoy!


 

As I think back on that glorious night, I thought it would be nice to dedicate a fashion post to Ticheli's Angels in the Architecture. To represent the Angels, I'm wearing a dramatic, billowy, white, strapless dress made of pleated polyester from White House/Black Market via eBay. To serve as the architecture, I'm wearing my structured Via Spiga lace-up shoeties. My white clutch is Juicy Couture via eBay and can play the part of both the angelic and structured side of this ensemble.
 

 
  
Can you see the little Dragon Fly?


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Angels in the Architecture
Did you enjoy the music while viewing the photos? Wasn't it beautiful? I could imagine angels soaring through an amazing old structure; some having fun frolicking through the air while others wreak havoc by scaring the occupants. At parts, the song was angelic with church bells ringing and the beautiful operatic voice, and at times, the music was simply haunting and tense. I loved it. I hope you understood my interpretation of Angels in the Architecture. Which angel would you be...the gentle, fluttery kind, or the one that scurries about and taunts?{wink}

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70 comments:

  1. Oh Glenda! I'm a big believer in all things angelic...I think I have every Doreen Virtue book, and I call upon my angels all the time. You've brilliantly put together what could be three disparate subjects...fashion, angels, and music! You DO look like an angel in your white floaty dress! Thanks for sharing the music too!

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    1. I believe my mom is my guardian angel. I can truly feel her with me. Thank you Sue. I felt lovely in this dress.

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  2. The music is fantastic and your outfit is a perfect illustration! You also chose a perfect stage for this performance. It's a pleasure to watch and read your blog posts, you are so creative.
    And your son must be so talented!
    Great post, I enjoyed it a lot :)

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    1. Hi Mag, thank you so much. I'm b glad you enjoy the posts. It is fun to come up with them. I am very proud of my son's accomplishments. I could here the song playing in my head while we took the pictures.

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  3. The dress and the pictures are amazing! You make me want to go buy something WHITE! Just beautiful and congrats to your son!

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    1. Oh I love wearing white...and all year long. I think half of my wardrobe is white :) I hope you find something you really like!

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  4. Your son is so accomplished at his young age. .Kudos to him. And you are an Angel in this dress and I love the back too.

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  5. Such a beautiful and compelling piece! You must be so proud of your son.

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    1. Extremely proud of him. Compelling is the perfect description for the song.

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  6. Children can give you great worries. And they can bring you such joy! You are very lucky and I can image that tears rolled down your cheeks. I played the whole song in the bathroom even though I am a culture barbarian. I am, cannot help it.
    I would like to be the majectic angel at 11 minutes of the piece, just before the bells start ringing. I like grandeur. (Honestly, when will I find my humble bone?)
    I call upon my angel often as well. She finds me great parking spaces if I give enough warning in advance. You think I am joking but I am not. I read the book Angels in my hair by Lorna Byrne as I am very interested in this subject. Halfway through the book I was "sold". At the end I was in doubt. Being an atheist doesn't help. But I am always searching.
    You look divine in this post. Like an angel should. Great pictures.
    Greetje

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    1. Oh yes, the church bell ringing was fantastic. So many great movements in the piece. I couldn't believe my then 15 year old and other young talents played this song. He said it was the hardest piece he ever played. And guess what, they only had 3 days to learn it.
      My angel finds me great parking spaces too :)
      And thank you, I felt pretty in the dress :)

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  7. Congratulations to your son, you must be so proud! And I bet he's proud of a mom like you too. You look incredible :-O

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    1. Melissa, he shocked me and told me he reads my blog. And yes, I am very proud of him.

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  8. I love angels, and atheist like Greetje, but we somehow can all be angels. You definitely look like one in that dress.
    I see you are all ready to Share-in-Style: white tomorrow.
    Enjoy the rest of Sunday, my friend
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    1. Thank you Sacramento. I hope I remember to link up..

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  9. I think the angels have lent their hand in this post with the timing of that precious little dragonfly. And you are an angelic one in that dress!

    I'm wondering why your comment moderation is being so difficult!

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    1. What is the comment moderation doing?
      As soon as I put the clutch in the grass, the dragon fly became curious. I loved it...made my day!

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  10. Love the dress and the song is amazing!! Such talent!! I know you are a proud Mom!! :)))

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    1. Yes, very proud indeed, and thank you!

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  11. Gorgeous music ! a wonderful outfit Glenda you must be so proud of your son ! best wishes to you .

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    1. Thank you Lesley, and yes, very proud!

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  12. Congrats to your son and to you Glenda. You must be very proud of him. Love your dress it's so beautiful. You look stunning wearing it.
    Happy Sunday
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Yes Lenya, I'm very proud of him, and thank you!

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  13. You look gorgeous in your dress, i love the all white ensemble <3

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  14. Beautiful music, no wonder the joyful tears. You are stunning in white, even the dragon fly had to come and see. I have my own little angel(my daughter) , she is forever with me.

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    1. I feel the same about my Mom, Jill. She's always with me. Thank you for the lovely compliment!

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  15. Ours is a musical household as well, so I fully understand how proud you are of your son's accomplishments. I hadn't heard of this piece before, but it's wonderful in it's variety and depth of feeling.
    You do, indeed, look ethereal in your flowy white dress (and how I envy your ability to go strapless)! Great accessories, too. I think we both know what kind of "angel" I'd be ;-)

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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    1. Thank you for the sweet compliment Alicia. Yes, I can imagine what type you'd be :)

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  16. Glenda:

    The music really moved me. It is so touching. I know you are so proud of your son to be such an accomplished musician. Thanks for sharing this beautiful music. Your dress is so lovely. You are so creative with your posts.

    Sharon
    http://www.afashioncrowd.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Sharon. That creativity is always sparked by life experiences. I'm glad you enjoy my posts and the music!

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    1. Thank you Claudia, and thanks for commenting!

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  18. I am not surprised your son has done so much at such a young age. It tells me his parents have nurtured and trained him well. Well done to him and good on you for all the hard work. Lovely post, the music is very moving and your outfit is perfect.

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  19. Looks like my original comment disappeared. You look gorgeous, angelic and ethereal in this dress. I love it! You must be so proud of your son. How awesome that he is so accomplished.

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  20. So amazing for your son. I am ashamed to admit I broke my reeds as a child to get out of playing my clarinet. In my defense I really wanted to play the trumpet and my music teacher told me girls can't play the trumpet.


    Love this dress, definitely very ethereal!

    xx Cara
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    1. Oh gosh, that teacher was crazy for saying that to you!

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  21. Glenda,
    You must be so proud of your 16-year-old prodigy! I read, and listened to this post three times, each time was better than the last. The music was so hauntingly beautiful and it was such a good choice for you to wear that ethereal white dress.

    Bravo to him, and congratulations to you! Kisses, Elle

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    1. Thank you Elle! What lovely things you say :)

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  22. Oh dear, I forgot to leave my link, but also wanted to say cudos to your hubby for thanking these fabulous shots.
    XX, Elle
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  23. love love love... cant never goes wrong with white!
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  24. I'm an all white addict, this look is FABULOUS!!!

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  25. You must be one proud mama. My God continue to lift him to higher places. You look amazing! :-)

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    1. I gotcha Missy. Thank you for the blessing :)

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  26. Sheer perfection Glenda!! Beautiful song and post.

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  27. What a gorgeous dress! You indeed look like an angel. And all the photos are so beautiful.
    What a joy for a mother to have such a talented son.

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  28. What a delightful piece of music! I can really get a picture in my mind of mischievous angels. You too look angelic and happy and I really like the picture where you are dancing or twirling as it goes so well with the music and with a floaty white dress!

    Your son sounds very accomplished and impressive and no wonder you are proud!
    xoxoxo

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    1. I felt beautiful on this day, Shawna. I'm glad you like the music and shots. And yes, I'm very proud.

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  29. This dress is amazing! You look like an angel, which is suiting.

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  30. I enjoyed this post so much. You look wonderful! Have a great week!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thank you!

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  31. Stuning pictures, and such a beautiful flowing white dress on you. Your son sounds like a fabulous musician. I graduated in jazz guitar from my university, and continue to love jazz standards, big band and swing. Great skills and talent to have one can always enjoy music!
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  32. What a wonderfully creative post! I really enjoyed the musical composition by Ticheli paired with your glorious, white dress! Angelic, indeed!

    Congrats regarding your son! He sounds like an incredible young man!

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    1. Thank you Mary, and I'm glad you enjoyed the music!

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  33. Lovely. Of course! And as always. Your dress is so like you, had I seen it on the rack I would have thought of you instantly.

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    1. You are very sweet. Thank you, Jan :)

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  34. A-m-a-z-i-n-g! Just amazing. You look stunning, Glenda!

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  35. You look so lovely in this dress! What a wonderful occasion to celebrate. My oldest daughter(14) also is an accomplished Alto Saxophonist with aspirations to learn to play the other instruments as well. Kudos to your son on a bright future ahead!

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  36. You were right about this piece.. very intriguing..I can imagine how proud you were to see your son playing this and being part of such a masterpiece. I applaud him and wish him continued success in his musical journey. You picked the absolute perfect out for this.. absolutely beautiful

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    1. Extremely proud, Jamala! My son worked hard to achieve his goals. I'm his biggest cheerleader.

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