On a random Wednesday, a group of friends and I went to the gym, and did our own thing for about a hour and then met up in the pool area. We went swimming in the big pool for awhile, but shortly after we went to the hot tub to relax. As Music majors; especially vocal majors, we tend to sing everywhere we go, so we did! There were 4 boys and 1 girl and I, and the boys started singing their choral music in the hot tub, where this lady happened to be meditating and praying to God. She said during her deep focus meditating and praying, she was in a really dark place trying to figure out why her life has been so tough at the moment, but when we started singing it was like God answering her prayers. She looked at us and told us that music was beautiful and had asked us to sing another song, but with all of us. So we sang the first verse of silent night, in various harmonies, and then looked at her when we were done. She was literally brought to tears because of how beautiful she thought we had sounded. For her we were like Angels from God, and whether you’re spiritual or not, music therapy is such a real thing.
So why am I telling this story? Me as a musician or really anyone who is perfecting their craft tend to forget the why? For any Music Majors who read this, this is why we do it, this is why we learn to play our instruments. This is why we spend so many hours investing in our craft, not for us, but the people. Whether it’s to inspire a child your same love, or to temporarily free someones mind of the struggles at home, we do it for them. This woman made my heart shakey and almost brought me to tears knowing that just singing in a hot tub, being silly, seriously moved her. For me personally this is a reminder of why I’ve been studying Music for almost 5 years. I hope anyone else who read this can also be reminded of their reason for why they work so hard to perfect their craft.
Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta
1 full garlic bulb
8 fresh basil leaves,
1 stick of thyme,
8 fresh oregano leaves
4 fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup of pistachios (optional/you can add more or less)
3/4 cup red cooking wine,
1/4 cup of olive oil
box of rotini or penne pasta
and 4 chicken breast
Start the pasta in a separate pot. Cut the Chicken in 1 inch cubes and place in the pan with light olive oil. Turn the stove on to a medium high and cook the chicken till it is all cooked. Cut the tomatoes, onion, in fourths and then take the outside skin off of the garlic, but keep it in a full clove. In a blender add the tomatoes, onions, garlic cloves, 4 basil leaves, 2 mint leaves, 4 oregano leaves, half of the thyme leaves, cooking wine and olive oil and blend it. When blended add it to the already cooked chicken. When the pasta is finished, drain the water and add the pasta to the pan. Chop the rest of the herbs and with the pistachios add them to the pasta. Cook for about 5 minutes and serve!
Notes: If you don’t have a big enough pot you can keep the pasta in the original pot and just serve the chicken tomato sauce on top.
Sprinkle Parmesan or Mozzarella on top!
My Name is Elizabeth, but I tend to go by Emma, Why? Well that’s for another post. I’m a 23 year old college student that has been in college for too long and is kind of tired. I currently study Vocal Performance, but I have other hobbys suchs as writing fantasy stories, making new recipes to test out on people, drawing, painting and playing video games till the sun comes up. Being creative is what I love to do, and I usually seek out different outlets to express it. I also have been in this new chapter of my life, where being healthy and going to the gym have been a big part of my everyday routine, but because I’m a broke college students I face the sad reality, that money simple doesn’t grow on trees.
So.. you might be wondering why? What is the point!? Honestly I have lots of random stories and things I ran into that I would love to share with people. Not only that, I am also constantly doing all things, like creating new foods that I would love to share the recipe too… and other things, so yea!
Warning: I can’t english grammar to save my life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try to work on it!