Thursday, July 5, 2012

Special Recognition!

Unexpected delivery in my mailbox yesterday:

I entered a few arrangements this year in the annual LDS Song Contest.  There are at least 8 categories and for each category there is an Award of Distinction, an Award of Merit, and Special Recognition.  My goal was to someday receive Special Recognition. 

The letter that accompanied this list of winners was in reference to "The Power to Choose" that I arranged for Debbie Fox.  It states:

"Although your submission, 'The Power to Choose' was not a recognized entry, we wanted you to know that it was among the finalists.  This is an accomplishment worthy of note, since there were scores of entries for review.  We commend you for your efforts and hope you will continue to submit works in future years.  For your information a list of recognized entries is enclosed"

SWEET!  I was thrilled for my friend Debbie who put her heart and soul into that song.  In fact, on a side note...our Primary Children will be singing it this fall as part of their Sacrament Meeting Presentation! 

So, while sitting at our swim teacher's pool watching swim lessons and reading this letter, I started to peruse the list of winners.  I recognized several names on the list including Janice Kapp Perry and Sally Deford.  Imagine my complete and utter surprise when, upon reading the last category, the last column, the last name..."'The Lord is My Light', Elizabeth Giuliacci, Tracy, CA"...

WHAT?!?!?! (screaming and jumping up and down)

I think Miss Marsha, our swim teacher must have thought a big hairy spider landed on me or something.  Unbelievable!  I still can't believe it.

Here's what I have to say about that...I have to give credit where credit is due.  I would be terribly remiss if I did not thank my Heavenly Father for the gift of music in my soul.  I'm grateful for the flows of inspiration that come when I least expect them.  Most of the great ideas I get are not my own.  Mostly they come from the Spirit OR they come from amazing friends.  I just do what I'm told!

I continue to be fascinated by the Lord's timing and how His hand is made manifest my life.  Check this out for timing: The night before I opened this letter, I went over to the Polson's house to try and finish up my latest arrangement.  This arrangement hasn't come quite as easily as the others have.  I worked on just a couple measures for over an hour and left their house wondering the following: Why do I even bother??  How do I know I don't stink?  What if my music is really pretty bad?  Seriously.  I wasn't feelin' it, people.  So then what happens??  The next day I get this amazing letter in the mail informing me that MY MUSIC DOESN'T STINK!!!!

They didn't exactly say it like that.  But they may as well have.


  1. Elizabeth! So exciting! You are amazing!

  2. Huge, big, wonderful congratulations to you. I am so THERE. Can we cheer in the Assembly Hall??? :)