The Sense of the Beautiful…

A [wo]man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of this life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is my son’s viola. I shot [and edited] this photograph a couple of years ago while he was preparing to participate with the middle school orchestra in his school’s Christmas concert.

When he was about 18 months old, my not-little one was so moved by a classical piece playing in the background that he started crying. He did not understand the music, but it certainly touched something in him. I’ve often wondered if he was responding to “the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

Don’t we–adults–sometimes respond similarly when we encounter something awe-inspiring?  Have you ever been moved to tears by the profound beauty of a thing?

16 thoughts on “The Sense of the Beautiful…

  1. CreativeMusicTeacher says:

    What a great story! As a music teacher, I am glad music has made such a huge impact in his life. It did for me when I heard my first concert 12 rows back from stage when I was in 4th grade. The concert was Billy Joel and Elton John. Even though it was not classical music, that night changed my life to where I am right now.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Awesome. As a music teacher, you will appreciate this. We gave our son a full-size keyboard for Christmas. He’d never played one (or any piano) before–unless we count tinkering when he was about 2/3 years old. He sat down and started playing parts of various songs he knows! We had a feeling he was inclined to piano, but we didn’t realize how inclined!

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  2. Natasha says:

    What an awe-inspiring tale about your little one. It moved me so much. Love his beautiful Viola.

    Yes, there have been moments when I have read or heard something so soul-stirring that it has tugged the cockles of my heart.

    What a touching post this #WW dear Chandra. Thank you so much.
    I wish you and yours X’mas cheer and happy holidays.
    See you next week on #WW.

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