Thursday, January 1, 2009

Remembrance: A 365 Project (1/365)

I, like millions of others, have set some goals (or resolutions if you prefer) for 2009 - some small, some big. Things like switching from my morning Starbucks vanilla latte to hot green tea, completing all of my unfinished composition projects (there are several), practicing more, running my 2nd half marathon in the spring, and running my first full marathon in the fall. I've also come to realize that I have sorely neglected my blog, so I'm starting a new 365 project.

It is titled "Remembrance" in honor of my mother, Mary-Jo Daughtrey, who passed away one year ago today (1/1/2008) at the young age of 61. One of her favorite songs in church was "Let There Be Peace on Earth," which my sister and I were sure to include in her memorial service. As a way of honoring and remembering, I will be composing and posting a new variation on this beautiful song every day. Some will be quite short with minimal instrumentation while others will be longer with more in-depth scoring. Today, I am simply presenting the theme with the lyrics that are filled with hope and beauty.

(me, my mom, and my sister)

Let There Be Peace on Earth
by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
Copyright © 1955, Renewed 1983, by Jan-Lee Music (ASCAP)
This arrangement Copyright © 2009, by Jan-Lee Music (ASCAP)
International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission.

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth,
The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father
Brothers all are we,
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now;
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow:

To take each moment and live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

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Look for Variation 1 tomorrow. Happy New Year!


Happyrunningbunny said...

Yeah! I'm excited about your 365 blog project. I look forward to seeing you accomplish your goals for 2009

Dena said...

Look how cute you are as a baby!!

I was unaware your mom had passed last year. What a lovely tribute to her through this blog. Looking forward to following this project.

Kay said...

Just know I'm thinking about you and your family....Oh my, now I REALLY want to finally get a new computer for my house so I can follow this 365 project. Darn Darn I really dont need to be on the computer at work all day with personal on that note.....better get back to work

hannah said...

awesome. :D

evolvems said...

Wow. What an inspiration...ya know, it makes me think, we can hope for peace, rally for peace, and stand on our soap box evangelizing peace, but really all we need to do is start with ourselves. It wiil emanate from there...

Andy Stoker said...

Nathan- What a beautiful tribute to your mother. As proud as I am of you and your successes, I can only imagine her smiling from ear to ear as you to write these variations in her memory and honor.
There are lots of possibilities here, my friend. Elgar is is trouble... I look forward to the next 299! Brilliant.

Melody said...

How shamefully behind I am. Nathan, this is beautiful. For the honor it gives your mother, and also for the theme - starting with ourselves is always the way to go, and also something so easy to forget. Will enjoy following along.

Happy 2009!