I’ve been thinking a lot about life lately, due to some events in my personal life. I’ve been thinking about how very hard it is, but also about how beautiful it can be. Paul Cardall is my favorite pianist and favorite living composer. My uncle gave him his big break, so he’s had associations with my family for a while, which has made his music especially important to me. He played at both of my grandparents’ funerals in Utah and I’ve been to a number of his concerts. Even listening to his albums for the hundredth time, his music still moves me. His music is all the more powerful because I know the struggles behind it.
Paul Cardall was born with congenital heart disease. He has been fighting for his life from the moment he was born and because of this, he knows how very precious life is and he has made every moment of his difficult life count. Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite piece of his. It’s called Gracie’s Theme. It was written for a sweet little girl who was born with the same condition. Paul got to know her and her parents in the hospital while they were both waiting for transplants. Unfortunately, Gracie didn’t make it, but her legacy lives on. Life is beautiful, even if we only get to enjoy it for a brief moment on this Earth. Cherish it. Make the most of it.