PipeChat Digest #918 - Monday, June 14, 1999
 
Church Music Profession
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Wonderful Discovery
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
church musician as servant
  by "Bud/burgie" <budchris@earthlink.net>
Re: church musician as servant
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: learning improvisation...
  by "Ron & Mandy" <ronwest@spiderweb.com.au>
Re: church musician as servant
  by "Mark Checkley" <xcs53@dial.pipex.com>
Re: learning improvisation...
  by "N Brown" <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net>
Re: learning improvisation...
  by "Tom Hoehn" <thoehn@theatreorgans.com>
 


(back) Subject: Church Music Profession From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 00:45:04 -0400 (EDT)   >> Wow, good to see other folks share this view. I made a similar concept once and got flamed clean off another list <<   Dennis, thanks for the words of affirmation. I just finished reading one of John Bertalot's books and he stresses this aspect OVER and OVER. --Neil    
(back) Subject: Wonderful Discovery From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 00:52:09 -0400 (EDT)   Friends, while this is not earth shattering news, it did make my weekend. While preparing for today's worship on Saturday, I discovered that our 2nd hymn was to the tune GRAFENBERG. This tune is quoted in Peter Planyavsky's Toccata alla Rumba, which of course you'll recall I played for the ToccataFest in May. Text: Charles Wesley's "Jesus, the name high over all." (Meth Hymnal #193) These little revelations always give me a boost, don't know why, but I"ll take a boost whenever I can get one. Cheers. Neil    
(back) Subject: church musician as servant From: Bud/burgie <budchris@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 13 Jun 1999 22:48:39 -0700   I may be a servant, but SLAVES have to be SOLD (grin)!   There's a VERY delicate line to be walked here ... I don't think ANY of us got into church music to make money ... at least not a LOT of money .... if we didn't love it, we wouldn't do it.   BUT, we also don't have vocations to be door-mats. I have FINALLY landed up in a half-way civilized parish after nearly half a century; I continued to be TOTALLY amazed at what some of the rest of you put up with (and even E.Y.R. at St. Matthew's has his moments, to be SURE.   Everytime somebody exhorts me to "be a Christian" about this or that, I always wonder why I'm the only one to be so exhorted.   The lady who snarls at the Rector after Mass every Sunday that "the music in this church is crap" doesn't get a similar sermon. The elderly man who threatens to unplug the organ if I play above 8's doesn't get a similar sermon (fortunately he can't bend over far enough to get under the pew and get to the power cord). The choir member who threatens to walk out five minutes before the Easter Vigil doesn't get a similar sermon. The (former, thankfully) Senior Warden who said, "nobody cares how many are in the choir, or what they sing ... you can't tell the difference anyway ... why do we NEED a choir?" doesn't get a similar sermon. The (former, thankfully) Junior Warden who won't come to High Mass because we sing "Roman Catholic" church music doesn't get a similar sermon.   But I'M called upon to be a saint, and I'm not. No way no how. Rattle my cage TOO much, and I'll swear like a sailor, for starters. Keep it up, and I'll walk.   Oh, well, fortunately that's the sum total of the naysayers at St. Matthew's. I should be thankful. At Holy Trinity in Ocean Beach, the Senior Warden used to threaten to beat me up if I didn't resign. Eventually, I did.   Cheers,   Bud            
(back) Subject: Re: church musician as servant From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 02:03:43 -0400 (EDT)   Being a church musician servant is not being a doormat. We are called to be leaders. Leading a church music program is no walk in the park. I've said manya times, "If you think you can do a better job, go for it." YOu're absolutely right. It is a balancing act. It's both/and: servant and leader. But that is what makes it so blasted interesting. --Neil    
(back) Subject: Re: learning improvisation... From: "Ron & Mandy" <ronwest@spiderweb.com.au> Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 17:14:46 +1000   Rick V. writes: > Having played silent movies, improvising is a definite asset. Keeping both > eyes on the movie as the scenes change and what you're playing, is = really by > the seat of ones pants!!     I agree entirely. I play 6 to 8 silent movie performances each week and = the ability to improvise is essential. I keep a score on the music rest though for those odd moments when the mind goes blank but most of the time it works real good. Each performance runs an hour and a half and the time = just zipps by.   Ron West    
(back) Subject: Re: church musician as servant From: "Mark Checkley" <xcs53@dial.pipex.com> Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 08:19:47 +0100   I can see why the church musician is a servant.   I cannot, however, see why he is NECESSARILY a leader.   Surely it depends on the Parish.   Some Parishes, like my own, want a "team leader", yes, to develop the Choir and "drive forward" the musical programme.   Others, in fact, want a "functionary" - someone who can play what is put if front of him / her, in an accurate and tidy fashion, whilst leaving policy decisions, personnel management and repertoire choice to the Priest or Church Council.   Either position is entirely legitimate, so long as it is MADE VERY CLEAR AT THE OUTSET what is required.   Mark Checkley -----Original Message----- From: N Brown <Innkawgneeto@webtv.net> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: Monday, June 14, 1999 07:05 Subject: Re: church musician as servant     Being a church musician servant is not being a doormat. We are called to be leaders. Leading a church music program is no walk in the park. I've said manya times, "If you think you can do a better job, go for it." YOu're absolutely right. It is a balancing act. It's both/and: servant and leader. But that is what makes it so blasted interesting. --Neil     "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org      
(back) Subject: Re: learning improvisation... From: Innkawgneeto@webtv.net (N Brown) Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 03:36:29 -0400 (EDT)   >> I play 6 to 8 silent movie performances each week<<   2 things I have always wanted to do... 1) accompany silent movies 2) be a ball-park organist   perhaps in my retirement...:) --Neil    
(back) Subject: Re: learning improvisation... From: Tom Hoehn <thoehn@theatreorgans.com> Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 04:12:44 -0400   Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. T-shirt don't fit no more, gotta start all over again now! tom   >2 things I have always wanted to do... > 1) accompany silent movies > 2) be a ball-park organist > perhaps in my retirement...:) --Neil