I was a bad student for my childhood piano teacher. Each week I had to get Mum or Dad to sign my little red practice book to say that I'd practiced my scales, arpeggios and pieces every day. But I often forgot (or knew that Mum or Dad would lying if they signed) so I learned to forge Mum's signature (Dad's was far too elaborate!). Did Mrs Schubert know? (I'm sure that was her name, though it seems unlikely!). If she did, she never let on, and allowed me to get away with it. I hasten to say that forging signatures is not good, and not something I'm proud of!
Although I gave up lessons when I was 12 or 13, I kept playing. And those early lessons instilled in me a love and appreciation for music that was to get me through the teenage roller-coaster years. Over the years (and with the help of Spotify), my appreciation for different genres has grown (although a love for modern jazz or opera eludes me!).
Music is a gift of God for good times and tough times; for celebration and mourning; for joy and depression. Christian music has blossomed in recent years, and in days like these, it can be a real blessing. Music helps us engage in worship and praise to the Lord when we're struggling; it gives voice to our pain as we cry out to the Lord (Ps 130:1-2); it comforts us and lifts our spirits (Ps 81).
Here are some Christian artists or bands that I'm finding helpful (they're all on Spotify, and probably i-tunes):
Sovereign Grace Music
Indelible Grace Music
We hope and pray that the SPLOG (St Peter's blog) will provide encouragement & spiritual food during the coronavirus crisis. It's mainly for the St Peter's church family, but everyone's welcome to read it!