Monday, August 2, 2010

Sometimes you get news that shakes you.
I mean, really shakes you, and from that moment on...things are different.

I received this kind of news today.

Our beloved choir director, George Shangrow, passed away this weekend. A car crash. Rainy night. Accident. No one's fault. A tragedy.

As I read the email from our choir manager in bed this morning from my phone, holding our sweet little girl, I couldn't stop the tears from coming. I couldn't believe what I was reading. My heart was hurting not only for our choir, and not only for the entire Seattle music community that he was so hugely a part of...but mostly for his family. His young daughter who was so very much like him. I know too well the hurt she must be going through right now...

George was a visionary. He had a gift. He was the most talented musician I have ever had the honor of working with and his passion for the music and sharing it with others was infectious. I will forever remember the different facial expressions he shared with us while conducting that could, at times, bring you to tears just by looking at him. The music shined through him and twinkled in his eyes.

The news this morning was a shock. Like life slapping you across the face reminding you that it's short...it's precious...and it's not to be taken for granted. It can change, all too quickly.

And so today I will hug our Charlotte a little more. I will tell those I love that I do. And I will listen to some beautiful music and think of you George. You are the epitomy of living the life you were born to do, and you will be forever missed.
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7 comments:

Michelle said...

I am so, so sorry to hear this friend. What a terrible thing to happen. I am thinking of you, and of course George's family & friends. I knew he meant a lot to you, I am so very sorry to hear of this :(

DeLane & Kevin & Parker Lilly said...

Courtney, what a beautiful and heartfelt post. I don't even know him and know he would be touched by your words. I am so sorry friend.

Stacie said...

That is awful news, I'm so sorry to hear :(

The Moore Family said...

Courters- I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds remarkable.

Lyndsy said...

Oh Courtney I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Your words are absolutely beautiful and have reminded me also to enjoy today and those around me. Love to you and thoughts and prayers to his family.

Ailie said...

Oh, Courtney, I'm so sorry. Your post was so touching. I know you always made him proud!

Jaclyn Z. Reiss said...

Oh Court...my heart goes out to you - such a terrible thing to happen to an obviously talented and wonderful person. Lots of love being sent your way...