FROM MARGITA’S BENCH   Oct. 25, 2020

Hello everyone – we all made it through another week! I am continuing with a thanksgiving theme – this week it’s Simple Gifts.  This melody is found in many Shaker tune collections from the mid 1800’s. “Simple Gifts” by Dale Wood is a lovely arrangement of this tune. Sydney Carter’s Lord of the Dance is also based on this melody. My second piece is called “Dance”, and is the third of three hymn settings by Gerald Bales, who wrote them in 1992, when he was an organist in London, Ontario. It is really punchy and fun to play.

I recently received an email from one of my former bell ringers. She shared a video of the Cast in Bronze ringers from Parkminster United Church in Waterloo.Her nephew is a member of this handbell choir, so I’ve decided to share the video of them playing an arrangement of “Come, You Thankful People,Come”. Our last Riverside Bells’ performance was on March 8th – hard to believe. I hope you enjoy today’s music gifts.

By the way, Ian and Kaitlyn (Matthews) Garilao received a very special gift this past week – they became first time parents on Oct. 22nd to a beautiful baby girl, Maya Ann. So thrilled for them and their entire family!!!!

I would also like to wish my dear Tante Elsa Martin a beautiful Birthday – she turn 101 on Monday the 26th – another amazing gift!

Stay safe everyone, and enjoy this beautiful fall weather – luv, m