PipeChat Digest #475 - Tuesday, August 4, 1998
 
Re: "Just a Job"
  by "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net>
You might ask, "So, how'd it go?"
  by <FireAlarmz@aol.com>
RE: "Just a Job"
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: Is a good electronic is better than a poor pipe organ?
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Playing at Home ??
  by "Stanley B. Littleton" <littles@digitalexp.com>
RE: Is a good electronic is better than a poor pipe organ?
  by "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: "Just a Job" From: "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 15:40:38 -0700   >I was once told by an organ teacher that "if you stay in church music >long enough you'll see why Christians were thrown to the lions!"   I can appreciate that. I was shocked at the amount of politics behind the scenes just in the choir! Seems they all took delight in sniping the rector. I made a comment about not caring for his hymn selection one rehearsal, and I spent the next Friday in his office apologizing! Out of that bunch in the choir who were so busy cutting him down, I wonder who told him of my "treachery"?   Dennis Goward          
(back) Subject: You might ask, "So, how'd it go?" From: <FireAlarmz@aol.com> Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 20:50:33 EDT   I WAS ASKED TO SEND THIS ON... Bill Miller Hi folks - I wanted to let you know the conclusion of a discussion we all had a while back. You might remember my trying to plan music for a wedding where both the bride and groom are profoundly deaf, along with most of the wedding party and at least half the guests. I vetoed "Evergreen" because it was secular. I did ask the Mom if the piece was important to the bride, and she said it wasn't. A non-issue after all. Well, the wedding went off today. The officiating minister came from Connecticut to perform the ceremony here in Pennsylvania. There were two signers, one for the wedding party, and one for the congregation who stood in the lectern. The vows were said by the pastor, signed to the couple, and they signed back, the signer said what she saw.... they ARE legally married. The pastor said at one point to the signer that was beside him, "I want to be sure they hear this part." It was the "By the power vested in me" statement. There was a lot of humor here, a lot of happiness. Even when the bride-supplied unity candle wouldn't light. (The pastor eventually helped them place their small candles in such a way it *looked* like the candle was burning.) There was an a capella version of "The Lord's Prayer" (not Malotte) that was dramatically signed by a third signer. Signer on one side of the chancel, soloist on the other. Quite effective. My music went well, although I wonder how many actually heard it. It was AWFULLY quiet.... 250 guests. These folks have learned to function well in a hearing society. It's us who felt awkward around them. And oh: The family dog was the ring bearer. I kid you not. He had the rings tied to his collar. This dog was amazing, though. He's been trained to respond to sign language and to certain aural commands. He processed with the maid of honor/best man, and just stretched out and went to sleep in front of the bridal party. Very well behaved..... better than certain other ring- bearers I've seen! Well anyway, there it is. A unique but beautiful and appropriate ceremony that reflected the joy of the two who were married. --Sh irley Keiter (If you're replying to this, please remember to change the address so it's just to me.... note the new address, pnst@snip.net... No sense sending responses to PipeChat, since I won't see them. Thanks.)  
(back) Subject: RE: "Just a Job" From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 20:50:48 -0400 (EDT)     > let's not lump the LDS church in with the > mainline Christians, OK? All the > denominations you list here are Christian, and > they do make "only one church," but the > Mormons definitely do not fit the bill. Sorry you feel that way, but according to everything I've been taught as a Christian, all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, and in the Holy Trinity are Christians. I was never taught anything to the contrary by the Mormons.   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: o o o _____bruce cornely_____ o o o o o o cremona84000@webtv.net o o o o o o ___ O a H g S o ___ o o o   Fierce in the woods, gentle in the house. -- Martial    
(back) Subject: Re: Is a good electronic is better than a poor pipe organ? From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 20:54:40 -0400 (EDT)     >Do you seriously mean you would prefer a > three rank two manual pipe organ (say 8 > Gedeckt, 4 Prestant, 2 2/3 Nazard, with a 12 > pipe ext on the Gedeckt for the ped) over a > nicely laid out electronic?   Yes Dennis! Even if it isn't mechanical action; and believe me, THAT is a major concession. Interesting stoplist.   A nicely "laid out" electronic is in many many maaaaaaaaany little bitty pieces! hehehe   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: o o o _____bruce cornely_____ o o o o o o cremona84000@webtv.net o o o o o o ___ O a H g S o ___ o o o   Fierce in the woods, gentle in the house. -- Martial    
(back) Subject: Playing at Home ?? From: "Stanley B. Littleton" <littles@digitalexp.com> Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 00:01:06 -0500   All of this talk of the problem of playing for a church where one is ~not~ a member has given me a bit of a pause.   In nearly four decades of being paid to be a "professional Christian", I have played for only one church where I was a member. Those nine years were absolute hell. Neither the congregation nor I ever knew just which hat I was wearing -- Member or Employee?   As an Episcopalian, playing for Methodists, both PCA and PCUSA Presbyterians, and the occasional fill in for MoSynod Lutherans has been an frequent source of joy. I have found much to love in those people I have worked for.   Unfortunately, my one regular job experience in the Episcopal Church was with a parish that considered anyone whose family had not been members since 1831 an unwanted interloper.   Actually, as I look back at the whole thing now, four out of my five playing jobs have been wonderful ...   Stan -- http://www.digitalexp.com/~users/littles/default.htp   mailto:littles@digitalexp.com Stanley Littleton   "I'm not called to be successful...I'm called to be faithful." -- Mother Teresa  
(back) Subject: RE: Is a good electronic is better than a poor pipe organ? From: "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 22:33:01 -0700   > >Do you seriously mean you would prefer a > > three rank two manual pipe organ (say 8 > > Gedeckt, 4 Prestant, 2 2/3 Nazard, with a 12 > > pipe ext on the Gedeckt for the ped) over a > > nicely laid out electronic? > > Yes Dennis! Even if it isn't mechanical action; and believe me, THAT > is a major concession. > Interesting stoplist. > > A nicely "laid out" electronic is in many many maaaaaaaaany little bitty > pieces! hehehe     You are a sick, sick individual! I shall light a diode for you. :-)   (In jest -- you're not sick, just, uh, well, uh, different) Dennis