“Selamanya” by Ivan Utomo

Happy Sunday, Everyone! Ivan and I have been incredibly blessed by your prayers, messages of encouragement – and stories of similar appendix mishaps! 🙂

An obscure fact about my life as a stroke survivor is that I still do physical therapy for an hour a day to maintain balance, coordination, and circulation. Over the years I’ve found methods that are fun as well as effective, so the deal isn’t as tough as it sounds.

As you might have guessed, appendicitis has put me on a therapy hiatus until the end of August. I spent my blogging hiatus learning a short piano piece after I discovered that I can still play the piano in spite of not being able to feel my left hand, so it only made sense to dedicate my therapy hiatus to continue exploring the piano.

This is a simplified version of the song Ivan wrote for our wedding processional. (Selamanya means “forever” in Indonesian.) I wanted to share it with you as a thank you for all the wonderful “get well” wishes!

P.S. My goal is to record a full-length piece of classical music by the end of the year, so stay tuned!

13 thoughts on “A Musical Thank You

  1. Hi Grace,
    You had me at “the song Ivan wrote for our wedding processional!” What a special gift, one that you have now re-gifted (in a very good way) to him and to all of us. Thank you!

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    1. Yes! Writing the music was Ivan’s “one job” since he was up in NorCal for most of the wedding planning…but now it’s looking like his contribution was the most important of all. Thanks so much for listening! 🙂


  2. Your musical talent is evident and your loving music made my heart sing! I continue to pray for your healing and for progress in all areas of your life. God has His hand on your life to be a blessing to many through your words and music.

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  3. I am weeping at the beauty of your performance and the wonderful message “forever”, composed by Ivan for your wedding. You are both a great inspiration! May God grant you the desires of your heart!

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