Glenda Austin and the energy of songs | National Information

Mar. 21—When COVID-19 entered the earth stage past calendar year, Glenda Austin had, pretty much at her fingertips, a way to soothe people’s anxieties and fears: the electric power of songs.

“Listening to songs can make just one feel comfortable, delighted, unhappy and it can be a healer as perfectly as a worry reducer,” Austin, a gifted pianist, said. “Getting been a church musician most of my lifestyle, I was taught that you use your talent for the Lord. and that has been my primary concentration and need.”

Whilst she’s posted recordings of her piano actively playing to Fb for numerous yrs now, it was only after the novel coronavirus’ arrival in Southwest Missouri that she made the decision to reach out to a much broader audience by creating her have YouTube channel:

“Just before the pandemic, I performed piano day by day … but this was different. I started actively playing lots of music of my personal choosing. It assisted me to truly feel less pressured and concerned (about) all that was likely on in the environment. I like to say that ‘music is drugs — and it is really cost-free.'”

Experienced the pandemic not happened, “I’m sure I would not have a YouTube channel, hymn sings or my Fb Live live shows,” she extra.

As envisioned, she’s been given a ton of kudos from each the men and women she understands and from full strangers.

“It is really incredible how swiftly and significantly a video can vacation when it is shared,” she claimed.

The Joplin native has composed and revealed, via her longtime romance with Ohio-dependent Willis New music, additional than 100 piano items, ranging from the upbeat tempo of “Jazz Kats” to the charming strains of the “Flamingo Waltz,” as perfectly as the famed “Major Bang Concept” kid’s song “Warm Kitty.” Many of her titles have been placed on the Nationwide Federation of Tunes Golf equipment, and other individuals have been commissioned by teachers’ companies. She’s even experienced her new music translated and printed in Japan. She is also a longtime member of the Joplin Piano Teachers’ Association.

Setting up her video clips is a really basic method: “I established my cellular phone on a tripod, press history and commence playing. I prepare what I will enjoy and most of them are (finished) on a person or two attempts. You can quickly inform the films finished on the similar day mainly because I am donning the exact outfit,” she explained, chuckling.

“When I started the YouTube channel, my intention was to record all my primary compositions. I’ve composed piano new music for a lot of years, and it’s taught by instructors everywhere you go. Frequently, I’ll be requested about a certain piece, the tempo, how to engage in it, and now they can listen to it,” Austin said. “In addition, I started out adding well-liked new music, hymns, piano and organ duets (with my sister), light classical and just whatsoever I take pleasure in participating in.”

She especially chooses hymns due to the fact men and women know them and enjoy them. “I requested for requests and I obtained about 100. I recorded many hymns as a medley and did my greatest to play as lots of requests as I could. Some common requests ended up ‘Amazing Grace,’ ‘Old Rugged Cross,’ ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ and ‘Blessed Assurance.’ I found that hymns are alive and properly.”

Austin posts a new hymn recording midweek and every single Sunday morning.

“A lot of wonderful hymns have a effective and shifting message. They indicate a great offer to several people today. Most of us bear in mind hymns we learned in childhood. and with church buildings closing in the course of the pandemic, I preferred to place collectively medleys of hymns, particularly kinds the persons regarded, no matter what their denomination,” she claimed.

She has also introduced Fb Live movies, commonly uploaded at 9 p.m. on Fridays. They are brief, thematic video clips where she performs Beatles music, very long songs or great waltzes.

“Tunes has been portion of my everyday living for as extended as I can bear in mind,” Austin stated. I have “normally experienced audio in our dwelling.”

And that, she included, will not be modifying anytime soon.

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