PipeChat Digest #258 - Thursday, February 19, 1998
Re: Reluctant audiences (Was Re: Listening to the organ)
  by Kevin Cartwright <kevin1@alaweb.com>
HELP!  Composer dates needed NOW
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Gledhill CD on Sanfilippo organ
  by Robert Ridgeway <ridgeway@ais.net>
Re: The organ on the WWW.
  by Sheridan Mascall <sheridan.mascall@visionet.com.au>

(back) Subject: Re: Reluctant audiences (Was Re: Listening to the organ) From: Kevin Cartwright <kevin1@alaweb.com> Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 20:35:14 -0600   Somebody said it!! Even though I don't get payed, I have to wonder why those that do are the way they are at my church. When they are finished practicing something hard for the last time (or anything else like that), they always say "Lets get this show on the road." I think that's a little much. Too, the grounds-keeper goes around bragging about the prices of things..."Them thar stained glass winders er werth mur 'en $360,000" and "That thar argen's $320,000" or "Those lite fixchures 'r worth five hunderd a'piece..I broke 'un of 'em da udder daay by axdent."   We visited an old church (in a town where we used to live). It turns out that the church had split and then a fourth of the half dropped out or moved away (after we did). An old friend pulled out his tithe check, showed it too us, and said, "That's what'll bring eternal salvation," smiled, put it back in his pocket and said, "I'll save this until next week...don't want them to think everybody gave today..."   For now,   Kevin C. kevin1@alaweb.com   Shirley wrote: > > Mac Hayes commented: > > > I meant to add to a previous thread, that > >relatives can be among the worst offenders. I used to be asked to play > >when relatives came over, but as soon as I started playing, they started > >gossiping. I forget whether my "concerts" terminated after the second > >time I stopped and asked if they really wanted to hear me or not, or if > >they got the idea and stopped talking-- too many years ago. > > Oh wow, is THIS familiar. I took piano lessons from the time I was 7 till > I was about 13 (and then organ). My mother was notorious for asking me to > sit down and play for company. Once I was on to her, I'd practice > something beforehand so I'd have something to play. I tried up-tempo > things, loud things, quiet ballads. Nothing worked. They talked through > it all anyway. Once I saw the pattern, I brought it to my Mom's > attention.... she saw it happen, and she never asked me again to play for > company, specifically not for relatives. Phew! > > Wondering if any of the teenagers on this list have run into anything like > this, performing for the relatives who really couldn't care less if you do > or don't. > > Seems to me the same dynamic is at work when congregations won't listen to > a Prelude. > > An aside: The Philadelphia Presbytery met at our church yesterday. What a > production! The meetings of the day attracted about 500 people, mostly > pastors of Philadelphia-area churches. And at mid-day, they held a worship > service. Our choir sang gloriously, about 3/4 of us there for the daytime > service. > > When we came into the sanctuary to begin, we were amazed to see (and > hear!!!) all 500 delegates on their feet, talking at a louder decibel level > than if they were in the social hall with a styrofoam cup of coffee in > their hands. Glenn played the Bach St. Anne for the prelude. Did they sit > down and respectfully *listen*? Nope... our pastor was furious, but there > was nothing he could do to get their attention, since Glenn had already > started. > > I dunno.... I grew up learning to respect the House of God, ANY House of > God.... I grew up learning respect for the people at the front who led the > worship.... It always amazes me that pastors and representatives of > churches can approach a sanctuary of a church with such disrespect. Sure, > the sanctuary is like their office and they deal with the day-to-day > functions of said office.... but I wonder how many of them have barrelled > right past the "still small voice of God" in deference to the details of > concrete, worldly expectations. Must they only be mindful of the Holy > Spirit on Sundays? > > What about us church organists? Do we approach the place that provides our > paychecks with respect and a worshipful attitude? > > Sorry.... this is way off-topic.... thanks for "listening". > > --Shirley  
(back) Subject: HELP! Composer dates needed NOW From: ScottFop@aol.com Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 22:15:59 EST   It is Wednesday, February 18 at 10:15 pm and I am typing programs for two recitals that must be faxed first thing in the morning. I need the birth and death dates for Dom Paul Benoit. Anyone who can help me with these tonight will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!!   Thanks! Scott Foppiano  
(back) Subject: Gledhill CD on Sanfilippo organ From: Robert Ridgeway <ridgeway@ais.net> Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 21:58:50 -0600   I am please to make this cross-posted posting announcing that the new Simon Gledhill CD, <italic>CAROUSEL</italic> is now available. It was recorded on the Sanfilippo 5/80 Wurlitzer pipe organ and contains the following selections:     Medley from Carousel   Ace of Hearts   Be My Love   Suite from E.T.   The Man That Got Away   Overture to The Thieving Magpie   The Haunted Ballroom   Themes from The Planets     This CD really shows off the wide range of the Sanfilippo instrument and Simon presents each and every selection with magnificent musicianship.     The CD's are $19.95 each, postpaid and cassette tapes are $13.95 each, postpaid     ADD U.S. $4.00 FOR FIRST ITEM AND $2.00 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL ITEM FOR SHIPPING <italic>OUTSIDE </italic>THE UNITED STATES.     Send you orders to:     Musical Contrasts   P.O. Box 16786   Phoenix, AZ 85011     Please make checks or money orders payable to MUSICAL CONTRASTS.     This album has been eagerly awaited by all who have heard Simon on this instrument. The medley from CAROUSEL is thrilling and the themes from The Planets (Holst) is staggering. I don't think you will be disappointed.     Robert Ridgeway, Curator   The Sanfilippo Collection  
(back) Subject: Re: The organ on the WWW. From: sheridan.mascall@visionet.com.au (Sheridan Mascall) Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 19:01:11 +1100     -----Original Message----- From: Mark Quarmby <markq@mail.flex.com.au> To: pipechat@pipechat.org <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: Monday, 16 February 1998 23:34 Subject: The organ on the WWW.     >I found this on the web today: > >"The organ is the instrument of worship for in >its sounding we sense the Majesty of God and >in its ending we know the Grace of God." > >Cheers, > > >Mark > Is that because when it stops people say 'Thank God that racket has gone' ???   *giggle* ~S~