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My mother was right….

June 14th, 2011 by Beth A. Lewis

My mother was right. 


She said (several times as I recall), "some day you'll regret not learning to play the piano."  

My mom & dad tried.  They purchased a beautiful new piano for me when I was about 6 years old.  And, they paid for weekly lessons for six long years!  They encouraged, nurtured, begged, pleaded & cajoled me to practice.  It didn't work.  I love music, but I'm definitely not a musician.  But, perhaps because I'm not a musician I have a great appreciation for my colleagues, friends and Augsburg Fortress customers who have those gifts! 

When my childhood self was sitting at that piano bench practicing scales and trying to learn to play Brahms lullabies (which I hated and really wanted to be practicing on pop tunes), I could never have imagined that I would someday lead an organization renowned for publishing superb church music!  God does have a sense of humor! 

And, it turns out that yes, my mother was right.  I do wish I had practiced.  I do wish that I could play the piano!  But, even though I can't and I'm slightly jealous of those of you who can, when I sit in a congregation and listen to great music (of almost any style), I enjoy the talents our wonderful church musicians share with the rest of us!

For those of you who actively lead music in your congregations, we have a summertime gift for you!  Between now and the end of June, we are offering a 25% discount on most of our music!  The only exceptions are ELW-related items and newly published offerings.  But, that still leaves thousands of pieces to choose from!  So, if you are one of those people with musical talents and a passion for church music, this is a great time to stock up! 

 June 2011 Music Sale

 And, as you enjoy playing and leading your church choirs and ensembles, know that the non-musically talented people in your congregation like me are enjoying your marvelous gifts!  (and some of us are just a bit jealous!)  Thank you for sharing your musical talent!  Our thanks back to you is this sale through the end of this month!



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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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