We’re Holding On

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Just thought that I would let you know! 😀

Here is a piece called ‘We’re Holding On’. This is an extended orchestral arrangement of a song I wrote when I was a teenager and is the first movement of a two movement piece I wrote during my Masters. The brief for this piece was that I explored dissonance and tried new things, as I traditionally enjoy writing music that is exclusively consonant and “melodic”. (please forgive the MIDI Ooohs, they relate to the Tenor line that was composed in the form of Sprechgesang)

The sentiment behind the title of the piece is that we still hold on to Jesus Christ even when things don’t seem to be going our way and or how we expected them to go. I took inspiration from the woman with the ‘issue of blood’, (which nowadays we might call a haemorrhage?), in Mark 5:33-34. This woman’s condition meant that she was constantly socially isolated, humiliated and demoralised by the people around her for over a decade. However, even in the midst of this she still had the faith and courage to enter a crowd and hold on to Jesus’ robe to receive healing. For me, this is a really hard hitting life lesson. I learnt from that story that sometimes we just have to have the bravery and strength of character to still believe in Jesus in the face of our physical reality.

[Mark 5:22-34 NLT] [22] “Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, [23] pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” [24] Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. [25] A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. [26] She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. [27] She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. [28] For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” [29] Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. [30] Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” [31] His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?'” [32] But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. [33] Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. [34] And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Blue Letter Bible, ‘Mark 5 (New Living Translation)’, Blue Letter Bible Web site, at: <http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Mar&c=5&p=0&rl=0&t=NLT&gt; 24th March 2015


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