Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Amazing Grace Like Never Before with Andre Rieu

You Don't have to be English or Scottish to love this !
What an Amazing performance!!
It was held at De Arena in Amsterdam, 2009 with Andre Rieu.
The JSO Bagpipe Band is indeed superb and up until now I never knew women played the bagpipes.

People can be Irish on St Patties Day Scottish another day, proud Americans,
 Canadians, standing for Liberty and freedom under God.
 Amazing Grace was written by an English Clergy man John Newton in 1779.

 It is a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless
of the sins people commit and
 that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God.

 Newton understood the meaning of Amazing Grace from personal experience
 after he left the the Royal Navy and became involved in the slave trade.
 His ship was battered by a tremendous storm which so frightened him,
he called out to God for Mercy. It is here, God touched him and he
 was spiritually converted into a man of God.

Amazing Grace has always been one of my favorite hymns.
The story is in this video


Life 101 said...

My wife and I only do a few gospel songs, and this is one of them. People absolutely love this song.

A Lady's Life said...

Life 101 - I so agree.:)

George said...

Wow! I've loved the bagpipes with Amazing Grace since I first heard a version many years ago. But I don't think I've ever heard it played so beautifully as it is on this video. I thought Scotland the Brave was marvelous as well.

A Lady's Life said...

George it really was a powerful performance. I can imagine how it affected the people in the audience.
I love bag pipes anyway but the story behind the Amazing Grace hymn is also interesting. How the man was touched by God. You don' t have to be a believer. When he wants you, God will touch you and make a believer out of you.

SandyCarlson said...


Gattina said...

André Rieu is a great performer !

to your comment : Are you going to church in shorts and sleeveless T-shirts, or worse ? Probably not, so why these unrespectiful tourists knowing that they will visit a mosque which is a church too want to go in there half naked ? The scarfs and skirts they got at the entrance just to cover them a bit ! It was even nice to let them in, I wouldn't have let them in !! We all knew that we would visit a mosque !

Rob-bear said...

Two wonderful musical presentations. Thanks.

One other interesting thing about John Newton, Anglican Priest. He had a very strong influence on William Wilberforce, the man who led the battle in the British Parliament to end the slave trade, then slavery.

I chuckled when the introduction to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir listed Newton's very British composition as an "American Folk Hymn."

Zuzana said...

Great clip, Andre Rieu is very popular here in Europe and his concerts are always sold out.;)
Have a great weekend and thank you for your latest comment.;))

A Lady's Life said...

Gattina - Sure I do. God doesn't care what I wear when I go to

He is just happy I am
I visited many places in Asia and all they told us to do was take our shoes off.

They never forced us to put anything on.It's not our religion and they understood we knew nothing about it and were just going in out of curiosity for a few minutes.

In fact I don't think women are allowed in Mosques where men pray on small carpets but we went in.

I learned many things back home,about Islam, we never experienced living out there.We went every where, saw everything and no one said anything.

A Lady's Life said...

Rob Bear - It sure is interesting to know the history behind hymns.
There are many things people don't know about why these hymns were written

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Sandy and Zuzana

Magia da Inês said...

Passei para uma visitinha.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.