Jan. 15, 2022

This beautiful little prayer is worth memorizing and just too good NOT to post it more than once on this web site.
The man, the woman, the child ... who can HEAR something ...
Can be HEALED from something.
And God will use them ...
To prove Who He is.

Jan. 5, 2022

When this mammoth pedal stop is supplied, it speaks on 25 inches or more of wind, and you're in the chamber with it while the tuner-helper has it drawn at the console and steps on low C, it's Armageddon; your eyeballs will rattle, and that tuner-helper won't hear you in there yelling to let go of that pedal key.
Please ... ALWAYS... wear ear protection when your hearing needs to be spared.

Nov. 29, 2021

"Steer clear of someone who does not like music ..."
-- Ludwig van Beethoven

Why learn the organ ? ... why learn ABOUT it ? ... why listen to it ? ...
For that matter, why be interested in music at all ? ... what good does it do ? ...
Many reasons can be cited for paying heed to music (photo); the fact that it can raise goosebumps, draw tears, inspire, and connect is part of the many benefits of being human.
It's claimed that music is so influential on the human brain that the type of music listened to actually has the ability to change the way that person thinks and looks at the world.
When used in a worshipful manner music can be employed to offer praise to the Almighty Spirit Who first gave the great gift of music and the ability to create it and perform it to the human race, a gift which not only enriches the human experience but also reflects that same order and beauty which reign forever before His throne.
Any talent given us to perform music, to sing it, whistle it, notate it, improvise it, read it, analyze it, study and understand it, learn it, appreciate it for what it is, even our sense of hearing to consciously experience it -- all of this comes from above.
A beautiful composition written by an inspired composer does not develop in some kind of artistic vacuum; if asked, many composers will say that it comes from the Muse -- the source of inspiration and guiding genius from above, where creation has its home.
Every blessing people have which is theirs to enjoy -- whatever liberty and pursuit of happiness their form of government grants them, their life, their health, their food, their clothing, their shelter, their home furnishings, their family, their mind, their talents, their abilities, their friends, their worldly goods, their tools and equipment, their building materials, their animals, their land, their vehicles, the beauty of nature, the protective shield planet earth offers them -- all good things -- come from God.
The Almighty Creator seeks those Who will worship Him and actually instructs them in His Word to sing and make music in His name (Matt. 26:30, Mark 14:26, Col 2:16, Eph. 5:19).
Everything that has breath does well in giving Him a shout of praise in songs, hymns, and inspired instrumental music.

Nov. 26, 2021

This loop (photo) has circulated lately on social media. but, despite the humor implied, is NOT endless and does NOT "ring true" for a great many practitioners of the creative arts.
Writing music is not the endless merry-go-round that this image implies, although some may choose to see it that way.
The urge to compose is not a circle-back phenomenon; it is a one-way linear movement forward to keep creating, no matter what, as long as our physical health will permit it.
The hope of how a created work at its premiere might win the approbation of the most demanding critics or be received by a public either keenly receptive to it or apathetic and indifferent has little if anything to do with the impulse to keep producing.
While many composers create in spurts and may quit for a time before resuming their writing, being in a depressed frame of mind over the outcome of the release of an individual work or group of works isn't where it is.
It doesn't, or shouldn't, matter to creative artists if reality happens to line up with their expectations or not -- they just keep right on working and producing.

Nov. 24, 2021

Music is a great gift of God, but, in spite of the famous quote by J.S. Bach (photo), there are organists today who are in denial that such a thing as the music ministry even exists -- mainly because they feel, wrongly, that the title "minister of music" is a non sequitur, that their organ playing before a congregation of believers regularly every week in the house of God is no different than performing before any other audience any other time at any other place and doesn't "minister" to anyone.
How mistaken they are ...
The fact is, the music ministry is real and only one of many ministries besides the ministry of the Word to which a believer can devote his or her life's work.
When organists throughout history have devoted their time, talents, and composing for the use and benefit of the music ministry, what exactly does this mean? ...
Simply put, the music ministry is that part of Christian praise and worship which employs, in compliance with directives found in the written Word of God, all of the wonder of music to unify believers and draw them closer to their Creator, strengthen individual faith, and edify the Church that Christ Jesus said He would build.
The importance of music in worship is one of the most powerful spiritual tools that shape the imaginative faculty of people and cannot be overstated; in a best case scenario the music chosen will describe in musical terms the chief message of the sermon -- that message and the congregation's reaction to it are tied together by the music, and it creates this happening to where, if the music wasn't there, people would miss it -- it adds this dimension.
Through the right kind of hymns and songs of praise people are able to sense life and God in an expanded way -- the minds of believers are enriched further in the knowledge of God and the wonders of the universe He created.
The familiar quote from Augustine -- "He who sings prays twice" -- further underlines music's ability to get the believer closer to God.
The biblical David mostly communicated with God through music, and the apostle Paul also highlighted the divine connection ability of music to edify congregations in his various apostolic missions.
There are several verses in the Holy Bible that attest to God's instructions to believers concerning music and show that the music ministry is profoundly biblical.
In Paul's letter to the Colossians (Col. 3:16), for example, he wrote, "Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."
Something similar is shown in his letter to the Ephesians (Eph. 5:19) which says, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
Matthew and Mark also record that on the night Jesus was betrayed, after supper had ended and He and His disciples had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives (Matt. 26:30, Mark 14:26) -- notice here that Jesus did not leave the upper room until, at His behest, they had all sung a hymn of praise to the heavenly Father.
These verses show unequivocally that God wants believers to sing and make music in His name.
Ultimately, the music ministry exists to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the promises inherent in it; music in praise helps to remind people of the sovereignty of God and all He's capable of doing; it brings to someone's remembrance that irrespective of what (s)he may be going through at any point in life, the faithfulness of God remains.
Listening to music renditions in the house of God here on earth is capable of filling people with the warmth and love they so desperately crave as human beings; worship, which is largely done through music, also has a unique way of unifying people irrespective of their tribes, races, and religious affiliations -- it draws worshipers together in a way that tends to get them in sync with one another as they all share a common purpose -- to offer thanks and praise to the Creator and Lord of all for the many blessings He grants to us.
The melodious sound of music in the house of God here on earth combined with sincere prayer and supplication can so harmonize and enrich everyone's heart with His own love and goodness that the meeting place, at that time and with His blessing, may humbly reflect that order and beauty which reign forever before His throne; people sense a feeling of unity when all focus turns to the Supreme Being in this way -- thus, music and Church go hand-in-hand; one exists to glorify the activities of the other.
There is a great deal of theology and sound doctrine wrapped up in the words of some of the great hymns of faith of the Christian Church ... so much so that it can be argued that without the sounds of vocals or instruments signifying music's presence within it, the house of God here on earth would have a hard time fully serving its purposes.