In 2015, I had the great pleasure of attending Symphony Silicon Valley’s Lord of the Rings marathon. If you’ve never attended such an event, it’s simply magical. The symphony is on stage playing the movie score while the movie is playing behind them. All three movies! The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers back to back on Saturday and Return of the King on Sunday. Talk about a marathon for those musicians! 

It was the first time I truly understood the storytelling power of music. Before this, I never really paid much attention to movie scores, even in my favorite movies. The music was in the background and I never really thought much about it.

But when you put the music front and center, on the stage, with live musicians, it takes on a whole different meaning. You don’t just hear the music, you FEEL it! It was one of the most moving performances I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched those movies dozens of times but this was the first time I ever felt them. I left that symphony hall a changed faerie.

The first thing I did after I decided to start playing cello was to search for the sheet music for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. My ultimate goal is to be able to play these scores, not with a symphony, but on my own for family and friends and possibly passing strangers as I play on my deck in full faerie finery. 

It’s going to happen! 🧚‍♀️