I was all set to post an entry about the Beethoven violin concerto when I got home from my Monday night chorus rehearsal, but two of my children were still awake, watching a Hayao Miyazaki film whose English title is Whispers of the Heart. They made me sit down and listen to an enchanting version of John Denver's "Country Roads," which makes an appearance in this film with different lyrics and with an ensemble of violin, lute, viola da gamba, tambourine, and recorder accompanying it. A shawm even makes a brief appearance, setting the heart of this early music lover all a-flutter! I haven't seen the rest of the movie yet, but my kids loved it and begged to watch it again tomorrow, so I'll likely see it soon. Enjoy!