Playing Favorites

Recently, I had the privilege to play violin with the Red Bluff Masterworks Chorale & Orchestra. Our Memorial Day Weekend concert, honoring God, the United States of America, and the Men & Women of the Armed Forces. I always look forward to this concert because the music is so rich and meaningful. Colored red, white, & blue.

Before each tune, Conductor Mark Franklin turned to the audience and said, “This one is my favorite.” They laughed, but he meant what he said. And he was right. Every rousing or heart-tugging tune celebrating our military heroes was the best.

If I had to pick a favorite, and don’t hold me to this choice, it might be “This Is America.” A medley of theme songs played for each branch of the service. Our mighty chorale’s rendition of “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” and “Anchors Away” gave me goose bumps. Members of the audience who served in that branch or whose loved one had done so were directed to stand and be honored when they heard their familiar tune. I saw tears stream down proud faces and cried a few of my own.

As July 4th approaches and we ready to celebrate our freedom, I’ll be remembering all my favorites again. And they will be embodied in every man or woman who stood during that song. And many more heroes who could not.

American Flag

Long may she wave....


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6 responses to “Playing Favorites

  1. Pam Elliott

    Loved this, Cathy. Read it aloud to Mike and he thought it wonderful, too. Clever title. Love you.

    • Cathy Elliott

      Thanks, Pammy. I knew you & Mike would appreciate the sentiment. I was thinking of you when I wrote it. Love you back.

  2. Mark Franklin

    Thanks for the kind words. This concert has become my favorite in that it is loaded with blessings for God, the performers, and the audience. I look forward to the next presentation. You will always have a seat in the orchestra.

    • Cathy Elliott

      Thanks, Mark. Playing with this group is by far my most precious orchestral experience. And for all the reasons you say. Add to that the treasure of your wonderful leadership and friendship with you and Margaret. The gifts that keep on giving!

  3. Margaret Franklin

    Thanks, Cathy!

    • Cathy Elliott

      Missed you, Margaret. Welcome home. If you send out a newsletter about your trip to Haiti, please put me on the list. I’d love to hear about it!

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