DSC_8483 2Hi, I am Cecily Merrill Jorgensen and I’m the lifestyle writer. In my mind, “lifestyle” encompasses all the things we seek out to enrich our lives. I have found that the arts have made my life more beautiful and, in some cases, more bearable. I am always finding songs, books, and movies that I have to share with everyone I know. I remember constantly bombarding my friend Tia with the next up-and-coming band so much that she’d finally yell, “Please Cecily, not ANOTHER song!” (over me turning up new said song, ignoring her pleas, and singing rather loudly). I guess it all started when I saw Phantom of the Opera when I was three years old. It left such an impression on me that I would lay for hours by our big speakers and just belt out the whole soundtrack. I want to share this love of the arts with all the girls reading this blog. I want you to have an open mind and allow yourself to explore, like, and even fall in love with some of the new things I’m going to share with you.

In college, I was working towards a degree in vocal performance and constantly studying classical music in its many forms. Often times, I couldn’t connect with the music. I would hear other people say, “Classical music is boring!” or “This just isn’t for me.” I sometimes agreed with those people. However, I realized that understanding the music was usually the key to enjoying it. I focused on understanding different genres and started listening to a classical Pandora station.

So, to start off, I’d love to share a work of art with you called The Lark Ascending. This piece is by British Composer, Ralph Vaughn Williams, who was inspired by George Meredith’s poem of the same name. I discovered this gorgeous piece of music in college. When I first heard The Lark Ascending, it immediately spoke to me. There was no need to study this work, it just seemed to envelop me. I cried as I listened to a certain portion of the work over and over. It seemed to embody all the emotions I was feeling at the time. It seemed to convey the pain, and sadness I had felt, but the soaring climax of the song resonated an almost tangible feeling of hope. I hope you can find a quiet moment in your room, on a drive, or somewhere in nature to experience this exquisite piece. I hope you love it as much as I do:)

Here is a link to my favorite portion of the piece:
By Cecily Jorgensen
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