And The Band Played On……
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.”
When Fall (or Autumn) arrives…it is literally Music to my Ears.
Of course …music makes me think of a band, which in turn brings me to think of “and the band played on” .
(Doesn’t it always?…. no matter what happens…the band (or show or blog posting) must go on…even if it is only the changing of the seasons….or, as is the case here in Florida, after a horrendous Hurricane named Ian, categorized as a 4, leaning more to a five.)
On Wednesday, the 28th of September at about 3 p.m., Ian took an unexpected right turn and hit our little city head on and literally knocking us seasoned hurricane watchers back on our heals.
95 % of Cape Coral (and surrounding areas) were without power for days (many still are) and most people lost everything they owned due to the flooding from the Storm surge.
It is a double edged sword because the hurricane batters you with 155 mph (or stronger) winds for hours and then,… then your surroundings grow deathly quiet.
While you look around to make sure your loved ones are safe, and you realize you made it through the fierce winds…you hear it.
The rushing water.
You look and see it coming fast and furious like a tsunami and you realize you have only a few moments to somehow get to higher ground.
The street in front of our house became a raging river of white caps and floating debris.
The water quickly snaked in between the houses and made back yards a part of the Gulf of Mexico and our homes islands unto themselves.
In its fury, many houses were swept from their foundations, crumbling into the dark waters, taking landscaping and cars, mailboxes and pool cages.
For many. the angry water entered homes as people struggled to keep their heads above water, while their belongings floated around them and out through shattered windows and doors and walls.
The staff of hospitals and medical centers watched helplessly as the storm surged, flood waters claimed parking lots full of their cars.
They did not have long to ponder their losses, the hospitals were compromised and doctors and nurses became first responder rescuers, as they moved patients to higher floors…and eventually to helicopters landing on rooftop helipads.
Finally, in the late hours of the night, the waters began to slowly recede
Some people survived; others did not.
Sadly, the death toll is mounting daily.
Please pray for all who have lost so much in Florida.
The Captain and I and little Jesse James (our 5 pound Pomeranian) were very fortunate. The water was within 3 inches of entering our home.
We lost landscaping, fencing, trees and odds and ends but those are material things and can be replaced.
Cape Coral looks like a war zone…the Ukrainian war photos resemble the devastation all around us.
….and the band played on!
Or to put it in different terms, life goes on and all of a sudden one has a new normal.
But music, yes music is always there for us.
Music soothes as in this famous quotation from William Congreve (1670-1629) four hundred years ago …
“Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast. To soften rocks, or bend the knotted oak.”
Using music to soothe the soul is a strategy that’s supported by science, with studies showing that listening to songs can reduce your heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety, and distract your body from pain.
And so I used music for my tablescape.
This is supposed to be an interpretation of a Halloween Tablescape, perhaps with goblins and ghosts etc, but I don’t like ‘scary’ Halloween.
All my little ghosts are like Casper the friendly ghost, as I have said in previous Halloween tablescapes.
I would have to say the most scary part of this musical tablescape is the back ground noise (which you cannot hear, but I can)….of the humming sound of generators up and down our neighborhood blocks.
So let’s get started.
I decided to use a black and white theme with a few white baby boo pumpkins.
And so I set a table using musical instruments, which of course is part of the band.
I started to use a black and white tablecloth….but thought it would be too busy.
So as we bloggers do, I changed my mind. I chose to use the all white one instead.
I’ve had this tablecloth for several years and I believe I bought it on-line on Amazon to use in an all white and silver Winterscape table.
The dinnerware has been hiding in my stash in the garage and as I was looking for a couple Fall wreaths for my front doors…I found them in a tote. (The tub was not clear so when I opened it…I was so surprised,… you would have thought it was Christmas. I never used the dinnerware for a blog tablescape, although I did use it for a dinner party quite a few years ago.
I used 4 musical note napkins as a table runner, placing them side by side down the center of the table.
The white chargers are scalloped and I have had them for years. I believe I got them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
Resting on the chargers is a dinner plate with piano keys as a rim decoration.
The salad plate is exactly the same exposing a white center.
The name card holders are a treble clef made of wire from Etsy.
Black stemmed glasses are from dollar tree…also from several years ago. (I believe they still have them, though you might have to pay the new going price. LOL)
The treble clef Flatware I have used in many tablescapes as it is quite versatile.
I bought them at Pier 1 way back when they were still a brick and mortar store.
Speaking of musical notes, I found the cardboard cut-outs of notes on Amazon several years ago and used them as decor in a “back to the 50’s, sock hop” theme for a group at our church.
I scattered them about the table.
I couldn’t resist the instruments (obviously for a doll house) which include a couple guitars, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, drum, cello and an upright piano with sheet music.
The little upright piano has a way to open or close the keyboard which I thought was a neat feature as you will see in the below pictures.
Remember the band played on. LOL
Or at least in my imagination, the band is playing using all these instruments.
I used a slightly larger baby grand piano, which I perched atop a mirrored tray.
The baby grand piano is actually a music box and the music plays when the piano lid and prop are in the open position.
I turned the mirrored tray upside down to make it higher since the baby grand piano is the centerpiece.
The napkins are white with sheet music and musical notes that I found on Etsy or Ebay a while back.
(Upright piano with keyboard closed)
Since it is Fall, I used some white baby boo pumpkins scattered around the table.
(Note upright piano with keyboard open.)
Continuing with cardboard music notes, instruments and piano with a white baby boo pumpkin and a little eucalyptus.
The coffee cup and saucer sit to the right of the water glass and just above the flatware.
And the band played on…..
The serving bowls are holding baby boo pumpkins but will be removed for the main course.
The salt and pepper shakers also feature piano keys.
Blessings always dear friends…and keep listening or singing…. and let the band play on.