This past week has been … difficult. For those that don’t know, Kevin’s grandma (affectionately known as Nanny to the family) passed away.
We were braced for it, she was, after all, 87 years old and her health had been failing for a number of years, but it was still a shock when it happened.
Especially since we were out of the country at the time. We missed her funeral and we’ve been spending the past week … digesting a myriad of emotions because of this.
We’ve been over to her house several times. Kevin’s mother has been insanely busy wrapping up her affairs and going through her belongings – Nanny had rented a duplex and everything needs to be sorted by the end of July. Kevin’s mother even asked me if I wanted any of her jewelry, which I thought was really sweet of her to ask. (I didn’t end up taking anything – her bible and other precious items were given to Kevin to remember her and I just … didn’t feel right accepting anything).
Since we missed the funeral, Kevin’s mother gave him the memorial slideshow that the funeral home prepared for her. (I’d link to it, he posted it to YouTube for extended family, but somehow, I don’t feel like it’s my place to do that).
I burst into tears when Kevin started it — I simply couldn’t watch it. However, I did listen to the soundtrack that went with it and both Kevin and I loved the soft, gospel songs enough to ask who sang them.
Imagine our complete and utter surprise to learn they were sung by none other than our niece — Jil Powers.
I’m publishing her full name because her and her husband (Brannon Powers. He has a YouTube video of them both playing together on his web page. They are such a cute couple!) recently moved to Nashville to try and make a go of their musical careers and I would like to help get their names out there in any small way that I can. I wish them both much love and luck — they are both such talented people.
And, unbeknownst to us, Jil was part of a band (The Forum) and they cut their very own CD: five songs of sweet, soul-moving songs.
I’d like to share one of the songs from her CD (I plan on sharing the rest with you in upcoming weeks – they are simply too good NOT to share).
This song was on Nanny’s memorial slideshow; it’s called Hosanna.
Do you know what hosanna means?
From Merriam Webster:
Middle English osanna, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek hōsanna, from Hebrew hōshīʽāh-nnā pray, save (us)!
before 12th century
—used as a cry of acclamation and adoration
I had to look it up because I didn’t know, either. 🙂
I can’t think of a more appropriate song to play for such a lovely lady.
Here is that song. Enjoy, and God bless.
Click the arrow to listen.