Music Expressed with the X-Factor

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Latest News, Slices of Life | 7 comments

Lux Aeterna

I took this photo in the Fall of 2012. I called it Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light). It was a magical moment. For me it has the x-factor. I tried to reproduce it the following year and it was impossible.

Music! Yes, Music! There’s music at the end – so keep reading.

How blessed we are to have it in our lives. It comes in so many varieties and can be used for so many different occasions. Music can make us happy and get our toes to tapping. Some music will get us on our feet for dancing yet other music will soothe us when we are anxious. Some music will lull a 2017 baby to sleep and yet other music will help to heal us when we grieve. Music is but one of many artist creative expressions, but music is what prompted me to write these thoughts.

The creative person understands the language of artistic expression. There are orators who have the gift of using their voice to eloquently speak and express their feelings. There are others who can do the same thing by putting pen to paper – or should I say fingers to the keyboard? But for many artists, saying what they think and feel doesn’t come out with words. These are artist that express themselves through dance, painting, sculpting, singing, composing, carving, and the list goes on and on.

You are a creative individual. You have been blessed with certain forms of creativity. I know, some of you will try jordan sale to deny it – or try to convince me that you are inadequate at being creative. You will fool yourself into thinking that because someone is better cheap oakleys than you at a particular thing that you (and therefore what you do) is not really important – or that good. But, listen to me. What you have to say is important. If you cannot express your heart’s deepest feelings in words, then you must do it in another way – and you can!

Art allows you to be ‘out of body’. Being out of body you can be courageous and fearless. By this I mean, when you feel very strongly about something, some passionate message you wish to shout from the mountain top, you must let your artistic voice do it for you. Your message can be broadcast to the world via your artistic and creative expression. There will be times you have something small to say – something funny or whimsical. There will other times when you have something very significant and powerful to express. Art speaks! That is why art is a language. It’s not a spoken language like English, German, or Spanish, but it’s still a language all the same. It’s a language that can speak to anyone around the world who will stop, look, and listen.

You don’t have to be the best in your artistic arena in order for your voice to be heard. But one thing is certain, if you don’t express it – no one will hear it. You must be in the business of doing it – not wanting to do it – in order for your message to get out there.

This blog post was spawned by a video I discovered on YouTube. While browsing choral music on YouTube I stumbled upon a video by the Westminster Chorus giving an informal concert in the Petrikirche, a Protestant church in Dortmund, Germany. They were singing one of my favorite pieces – Eric Whitacre’s Lux Wholesale NFL Jerseys Aurumque (Light and Gold). To say I was blown away is too trite. To stay I was engrossed and memorized is the truth. I listened several times and then shared the link with many of my friends and family who I knew would understand the depth and excellence that was captured in that moment.

I posted this on Facebook: “Ask me why music is so important to me and I can’t properly explain. But I can honestly say, in a quiet uninterrupted moment while listening to music like this, I feel I’ve been bathed in beauty and light and never want to return to reality. I could easy fade into the universe and be at peace forever.” I have heard this piece performed beautifully by other groups but none of them reaches my soul like this one does – even with Cheap Jerseys the extra noises in the room. This performance is the epitome of how the x-factor comes into play.

In art there is doing. Then, there is doing with perfection. Then, there is doing with perfection and passion. It is rare to find something done with passion and perfection and also includes the elusive the x-factor. The x-factor is the thing that transcends anything humanly possible. The x-factor is not something that can be accomplished each and every time a creative endeavor is undertaken. I dare say the Westminster Chorus has performed this piece beautifully many times. But from experience, I know there are those moments in life when everything comes together and the moment is not just beautiful, but it’s priceless – treasured – unforgettable – and transcendent. By the way, I would always prefer to be moved with passion than to be impressed with perfection. Just saying.

I wish for you those moments where you are lost in the work of the creative muse. I pray that each of you will use your voice, sing your song, share your thoughts, and express your message. It won’t happen just because you want to do it to. You simply must do it!

Take a moment to block out the world around you and prepare to be bathed in Light and Gold. Don’t just listen – instead, LISTEN to this quiet and peaceful song. The words are a reference to the Nativity so it is perfect for custom jerseys the holiday season.

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Lux Aurumque – Latin
Lux, Lux
Lux, Lux
Lux, Lux
Gravis que
Gravis que
Gravis que
Pura velut aurum
Canunt et canunt et canunt
Modo natum.

English Translation
Light and Gold
Light, light
Light, light
Light, light
And heavy
And heavy
And heavy
Pure like gold
They sing and sing and sing
To the newborn babe.


  1. I played your CD’s at our quilt club’s Christmas party on Monday and the ladies were very pleased. A couple of them said they had some of your music at their homes.

  2. Your description of the x-factor reminds of something people try to describe with flamenco dancing called ‘duende’ which is a combination of passion, excellence, and creativity that is so powerfully felt by the dancer and the audience that it needs its own word. I often think of duende when I hear certain music or see a really beautiful work of art (quilt or otherwise). This was a great post. I’ve enjoyed your new blog and your 52-week photo challenge. You inspired me years ago when I was only one toe into quilting and you continue to inspire me to this day. Thanks for all you do!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this Ricky. I did take a quiet moment to listen to the music. So beautiful. But your photograph is what does it for me. I could just cry looking at it.

  4. Each post helps me to continue to reflect on the creative abilities I DO have. The music is very moving. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents and creative journey.

  5. I’m so glad you wrote this, Ricky. Several years ago while still living in Miami, Dance Theatre of Harlem came to town for three performances. I was part of the PR team representing them, so we attended all of them. Each of the performances was absolute perfection. The first performance, however, was just so incredibly special. The troupe deeply connected with the audience and the audience with them. It was elevating and inspiring, and I cannot recall any performance of any kind that moved me, thrilled me, as this one did. It was the X-factor. I never had an explanation for it before, and I appreciate having one now.

  6. Ricky, thank you for sharing. What peace I felt listening to this wonderful music.

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