Bach’s Jesu’ Joy of Man’s Desiring
My Beautiful and talented GREAT Niece – Alyssa Nicole LaLone on Saturday, June 1, 2013, granddaughter of my brother Frank and his wife Diane, and daughter of their daughter, Jessica and Todd LaLone, celebrates her 8th birthday.
In one of my earlier posts, above, I mentioned that my niece, Alyssa, was found one day sitting in front of a new keyboard and playing Bach’s Jesu’ Joying of Man’s Desiring–a first-time experience for her. When her grandmother, Diane, asked how she knew this and how to play it, she simply said; “Oh, I just heard it somewhere.” So, here we are back to our inherited and innate musical talents, again. By the way, if you’re not familiar with this wonderfully soothing piece of music, you may want to listen to an audio clip of it at the top of this post. A very nice selection, Alyssa, especially for your very first try.
Before Chesapeake Church’s Christmas program this winter, Alyssa was only comfortable singing in front of her closest friends and family. Then she sang in the choir at Chesapeake for her very first time. And now, only a few months later, she has blossomed much and to everyone’s benefit.
As school usually does this time of year, they hold their spring concerts and talent shows. So, on Friday, May 17, 2013, Miss Alyssa Nicole LaLone performed solo as her elementary school’s first contestant. She was dressed as Princess Rapunzel and sang publicly solo for her very first time, Now That I See You, from Walt Disney’s 2010 movie, Tangled.
And before the show, her stepmother, Viviana, recorded an informal rehearsal, which was technically better than the mix of voice, music, and video from her actual performance. From a sweet girl with an angelic voice, and with much love, I share with you, Alyssa’s rehearsal. Hope you enjoy!