There’s music in the air

 

I have had another exciting and unbelievable week here in Germany and Austria, so full of blessings!!! Last week Nathan and I explored the town of Erfurt, Germany, a locale frequented by Bach because of the many fine organs, and we had the luck of stumbling upon a noon time organ recital!  Here at Mikaeliskirche we found an intact Compenious organ case from the late 17th century with new mechanisms and pipe work dating from 1945, but historically correct for Bach’s time.  After the recital I had the thrill of jumping on the bench to play a few measures—please forgive the lack of organ shoes!😜

That same night we arrived back in Altenbeichlingen to a party hosted by our Airbnb owner—an annual celebration of his amateur church brass band which performed renditions of traditional Lutheran hymns and American spirituals.  Nathan(and another unknown female singer) offered Schubert’s Sylvia while I pumped the harmonium organ!  Another gift of the Holy Spirit! 

 On June 28th, Nathan and I drove to Munich where we linked up with a few other family members. On the 29th we visited Neuschanstein Castle, built by the eccentric King Ludwig II of Bavaria. This mansion, an understatement, is more unbelievable in person than you can imagine. Although this picture is beautiful, being present is spectacular and beyond words!

On June 28th, Nathan and I drove to Munich where we linked up with a few other family members. On the 29th we visited Neuschanstein Castle, built by the eccentric King Ludwig II of Bavaria. This mansion, an understatement, is more unbelievable in person than you can imagine. Although this picture is beautiful, being present is spectacular and beyond words!

And as if anything could be more beautiful than that castle, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest the next morning did surpass this view without a doubt.

 Well what do a bunch of musicians do in Salzburg?  They take the Fraulein Maria’s Sound of Music bicycle tour!

Well what do a bunch of musicians do in Salzburg?  They take the Fraulein Maria’s Sound of Music bicycle tour!

If you like, you can test your “Sound of Music” song recognition skills to match the songs or scenes to these pictures. I thought I was a big fan, but once we were in the locations I did not do as well as I thought I would.  It has been years since I’ve seen the movie and I think I was overcome with emotion. I’ve probably watched this movie at least 50 or so times—I love this movie!

This small world is amazing!!! Although we planned this reunion in March, it was an incredible gift to dine with Tom, Cathy, and Susie Bashore right there in Salzburg!  If you don’t know who this wonderful family is, Tom was an Associate Pastor at FPC during mid and late 90s.  Cathy sang soprano in the choir and wonderful Susie, born prematurely, is a miracle child!!  What a blessing for us all to be together!

The brass band ended their celebration evening with Guter Mond, du gehst so stille durch die Abendwolken hin: The Moon, You Pass so Peacefully Through the Clouds

I leave you dear Blog readers with the sounds of the bells of Salzburg. I think we hear them twice in the Sound of Music—once when Maria arrives late for early morning mass, before the Alleluia response is sung, and once when she is married!  I think I’ve visited at least 30 churches so far and that number will grow dramatically in the next few weeks—more pictures to come. Happy Fourth of July and have a blessed week!

Suzanne

 
Suzanne Riehl