PipeChat Digest #2250 - Saturday, July 21, 2001
Re: No more boring organ music!!!!
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@prodigy.net>
Re: Perils of Pianos in church
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@prodigy.net>
The wrong tune!
  by "PAUL HESSELLINK" <paulhess@nevada.edu>

(back) Subject: Re: No more boring organ music!!!! From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@prodigy.net> Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 00:47:35 -0500   Most are fascinated that we have no guitar, no piano (oh, we have one, but no one uses it), no "praise team" etc. but an organ, which they've never heard other than to back up the piano. Our attendance has grown from an average of 70 to 100 in about 3 years - nost say because of the music. We tried a contemporary service for a while - when attendance dwindled to 3 = we decided to scrap it - if people want contemporary, they have many, MANY alternatives in the area. Perhaps this is a small counter to the growing warehouse churches popping up?   Justin, this is fascinating! I hope St. Louis sees this trend very soon. We have a praise service also, but only once a month. The other services are traditional, with one of those three being sort of a mix (Marty Haugen's, "Now the Feast"). As I just said in a previous posting, I think the organ is making a resurgence (sp?) into the culture, and eventually, people are going to tire of the "happy clappy" praise-type stuff and get back to their roots. It has it's place, but for me, I'll take the traditional.   Oh, and I should mention that my own home church used to have the contemporary service at one, a mix at the other, and traiditional at the first. That's gone the way of the dodo, and now they're pretty much back = to traditional every week with use of some praise music on occasion. Just as we do at my Holy Trinity, we sometimes have hymns which just sound better = on piano, but they're equally as excited to hear the organ again.   Jeff    
(back) Subject: Re: Perils of Pianos in church From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@prodigy.net> Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 00:52:41 -0500   > I hope you see the core of where I'm going with this, > > Ron Severin   Ron, I'm trying to, I really am....but I don't get the connection of = Piano =3D Secular, Organ does not. Where was this declared that the organ is = not a secular instrument? I apologize in advance if I'm wrong on this point, = but wasn't the organ used for some other purpose in music prior to becoming a church instrument?   Just wondering...   Jeff      
(back) Subject: The wrong tune! From: "PAUL HESSELLINK" <paulhess@nevada.edu> Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 23:03:04 -0700 (PDT)     Bruce Cornely's recent story about playing the wrong rock song on CD via boombox rather than the favorite rock song of the deceased (for the recessional at the funeral) triggered my memory of a funeral I attended several years ago.   The funeral was that of an elderly man who had for two days shared a hospital room with me, and through that connection, his wife became my cleaning woman. The man died only about six months after our first meeting, but I wanted to attend the funeral because I admired both him and his wife. The funeral was in the chapel of a funeral home, and music was provided by a very competent organist from one of the prominent churches in the city.   The time came for the military ceremony at the close of the service. The deceased had served in World War II. Two uniformed military men proceeded down the aisle, and in front of the open casket unfolded a very large flag and then, in the usual manner with the very slow salutes, refolded the flag and presented it to the widow of the deceased. I had sometime earlier read in the newspaper that because so many veterans from the war were dying, the military had difficulty providing trumpeters for all the funerals where they were requested to play "Taps." This must have been one of those occasions, since we were soon treated to a taped recording, not of "Taps," but of "Reveille!" Several attempts were made to find the right part of the tape, but all was in vain. Each time the sound returned with "Reveille" - - - "Get up, Get up, Get up! This was made all the more preposterous as the deceased in front of us continued to slumber. Nearly everyone wanted to laugh but dared not until the widow, clutching the folded flag, dissolved in hysterical laughter. A member of the family disappeared behind the curtain at the front and shortly returned to announce that the organist would play "Taps." There followed a somewhat timid and tentative "Taps." I learned later from the organist that on the spot, he wasn't quite sure if he could remember how "Taps" went!   It certainly made for a funeral to remember.   Paul S. Hesselink paulhess@nevada.edu Las Vegas, Nevada