Celebrating Your Gifts – Every One of Them

by Suzanne on November 14, 2012

In 1986, his single “Distant Star” (on vinyl) reached #75 on the UK Singles Chart.  Since then, he has collaborated with Stephen Barton (orchestrator) on music for the concert hall.  The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed these selections in 2008.

He wrote, directed, and scored an experiential drama, Slipstream, premiering his work at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.

In January 2012, Decca released his album of classical music.  This time his compositions were performed by The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The name of the album?  Composer

The real-life composer?  Welshman, Sir Anthony Hopkins.  Actor on stage, screen, and television, in more roles than most people realize.  Writer and director for the silver screen.  Author and philanthropist.  Artist.  Veteran of the national service in Great Britain.  Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Lampeter (1992).  Commander of the British Empire (1987), and Knight Bachelor (1993).

The enchanting waltz? From the DVD “Andre’ Rieu – Under the Stars.  Performed by Andre’ Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra in Maastricht, SE Netherlands – And The Waltz Goes On.



The gift?  The fascination in discovering this rich, unheralded dimension in a man most of us know solely through his roles onscreen.  We are there, sharing his enchantment with each note, watching Sir Anthony hum notes as familiar as his heartbeat, breathing into each movement as the music swells.  It’s not only the pleasure we receive in experiencing the beautiful, flowing music that is our gift.  It’s the sheer joy and excitement we see in his face and in his eyes as he drinks in the delight of the audience, as it falls under the spell of his music.

Isn’t that what we all yearn for in recognition of our talents and gifts?  That moment of excitement in the sharing, and the joy in receiving appreciation for what we create.

Start here, by sharing in the comments.  What gifts have you been hiding?  When was the last time you received accolades for sharing your talents with the rest of us?  If you can’t remember, we have been missing the gift of your sharing.

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