PipeChat Digest #4590 - Sunday, July 4, 2004
 
Re: How to explain the un-use of Patriotic music
  by "Emily Adams" <eadams@cinci.rr.com>
Re: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music
  by <DERREINETOR@aol.com>
Re: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music
  by "Travis L. Evans" <tlevans95@charter.net>
Re: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music
  by "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk>
Patriotic "hymns" etc
  by "T.Desiree' Hines" <nicemusica@yahoo.com>
RE: Patriotic "hymns" etc
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com>
Re: Patriotic "hymns" etc
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net>
RE: Patriotic "hymns" etc
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net>
RE: How to explain the un-use of Patriotic music
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net>
Re: How to explain the un-use of Patriotic music
  by "Raymond H. Clark, Quilisma Publications" <quilisma@cox.net>
Re: Diapason sample
  by "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net>
Re:  How to explain the un-use of PatrIOtic music
  by "Kenneth Potter" <swell_shades@yahoo.com>
RE: How to explain the un-use of PatrIOtic music
  by "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net>
Need Track List Help
  by "mack02445" <mack02445@comcast.net>
Re: Saville Sovereign Console Available in Knoxville
  by "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net>
RE: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music
  by "TheShieling" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
RE: Patriotic "hymns" etc
  by "Mari" <mreive@tampabay.rr.com>
Re: Patriotic "hymns" etc
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Happy Independence Day!
  by "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: How to explain the un-use of Patriotic music From: "Emily Adams" <eadams@cinci.rr.com> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 07:14:42 -0400   Desiree asked "Whats a good speach to offer on the un-liturgical nature of singular patriotic "hymns" to really adamant people?"   I'm beginning my second month playing for a small ELCA congregation in a politically conservative area of the Midwest. While I'm mindful of issues surrounding too much interjection of state into church, I also didn't want the 4th to pass without some acknowledgment. So I ascertained that "America/My Country Tis of Thee" was in the hymnal and then to be doubly safe asked the appropriate powers that be whether a prelude based on the tune would be acceptable. They said, "Sure--it's in the hymnal."   Maybe the same criterion would work for you, and if you're willing to give = a nod to the holiday you can avoid doing a whole service based on so-called patriotic stuff.   Emily A.        
(back) Subject: Re: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music From: <DERREINETOR@aol.com> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 07:51:09 EDT   Desiree and list,   Bud, of course, is absolutely right--for us Anglicans, Independence Day is =   right there in the Prayerbook. As one of our Affiliated Priests is the = Celebrant for Sunday, July 4 and he requested "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", we'll do = it. I personally am a little uncomfortable with patriotic music in church, and = I suspect that a majority of my congregation is, too. It will be interesting = to hear the buzz at coffee hour. Interestingly, praying for the state does = not make me as uncomfortable as long as it is not politically partisan in = nature. Other denominations I have served have had different views on this--in = some we did, in some we didn't.   Here's a hymn we WILL be doing this Sunday, and I wouldn't "try this at = home" on the 4th of July with troops in the field unless you know your = congregation VERY well or want to lose your job: "Weary of All Trumpeting" (the tune is =   Distler, it's in the 1982 Hymnal). It was suggested to me for use on the Fourth--by a Veteran.   Happy Fourth!   Bill H. SJE Boston  
(back) Subject: Re: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music From: "Travis L. Evans" <tlevans95@charter.net> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 07:12:28 -0500   We always try to observe any holiday related to veterans and our freedom = and such. We are singing America and My Country Tis of thee. I'm playing the Stars and Stripes for the postlude, one of those things I'll only do when the 4th is actually on Sunday. The congregatin loved it last night, and will be interesting to see how this morning goes, but the pastors both agreed with me that it was ok to do today. I don't think there should be any reason not to do it. However I do understand some congregations not choosing to do it.   Trav      
(back) Subject: Re: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music From: "Harry Grove" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 13:44:01 +0100   'Talking of patriotic music' .....   The other day I used a hymn from our 'modern' book [New Hymns & Worship Songs] entitled "God is our strength and refuge", which has been set to = the tune 'The Dambusters'. For those unfamiliar, the music is the theme from the 1950's film of the same name about 617 Squadron (RAF) and their assault on the dams of the = Ruhr Valley c. WWII. Composed by the (archetypically English) ERIC COATES. this tune has = become part of our (sub)-culture.   It features a growing introduction and a sustained coda - much in the same vein as 'Jerusalem'.   The performance trick is_ vs..1 Lively and in unison- vs..2 Slower, and in harmony vs..3 With a quaver-pulse accompaniment to half-way, then rall, = and into the final part with triplet-pulse accompaniment. Result: .. not a dry-eye in the house. This is to try to imitate the approach of bombers in formation and the cross-pulsing of several multi-engined aircraft.   "It's incredible how evocative 'cheap' music is" ... to para-phrase 'The Master'   I have the hardest of times playing it myself; and, with tears forming in = my eyes, it's probably only because I have no music in front of me that I am able to finish at all.   Harry Grove {a.k.a. 'just-a-big-softie-at-heart]     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Travis L. Evans" <tlevans95@charter.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 1:12 PM Subject: Re: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music     > We always try to observe any holiday related to veterans and our freedom and > such. We are singing America and My Country Tis of thee. I'm playing = the > Stars and Stripes for the postlude,      
(back) Subject: Patriotic "hymns" etc From: "T.Desiree' Hines" <nicemusica@yahoo.com> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 06:47:10 -0700 (PDT)   Hi friends Well...we are doing America/My Country Tis for the Processional and = Materna/O Beautiful for recessional. Im sticking in We Shall Overcome for = Offertory and Let Us Break Bread for offertory. Now, had things gone the = way I wanted, we woulda done Marion/Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart to open and = St Anne to close. If My hymnal had more majestic stuff in it, Gof of Our = fathers would have been a decent selection, or God The Omnipotent/Russia = (Gee...when am I ever going to get to go home to an Episcopal Church and = the 1982?) Great comments from all of you. My thoughts...most patriotic "hymns" are singular and talk about God only = loving America...which is ont of the beefs that those of us pollitical = gurus (Oh, Bill H?) argue about when we talk about current warfare: = America thinks God only loves America. With all monotheistic denominations = being universal nowadays...its just gauche to me to sing them in = mass...but...I have rent to pay and would like to eat every now and again. At the organ...Im using for the Prelude...a few pieces from Barbara Owens = 1776-1876 collections, and J Wayne Kerrs setting of Simple Gifts. For = Postlude im doing an arrangement of St Anne by Mary Ellen Kerrick. More later     From Desiree' T. Desiree' Hines Chicago, IL 60610 ---------------------------- For Compositions by Desiree' Frog Music Press www.frogmusic.com ------------------------------- FOR CONCERTS BY DESIREE' http://concertartist.info/bios/hines.html --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail is new and improved - Check it out!
(back) Subject: RE: Patriotic "hymns" etc From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2004 08:51:04 -0500   The Choirmaster's Handbook (now called something else like "Episcopal Musician's Handbook") always had a page for Independence Day services, and a list of hymns appropriate to the day.   I'm not a flag-waving person, but there are just some great hymns that are appropriate for the day, calling us to God's service. I see nothing inappropriate with acknowledging the day, or even planning a whole service around it. I never had the congregation sing the National Anthem, and most of the time avoided "America", just to keep it from digressing into the flag-waving genre. But I would use one or the other in an arrangement as postlude.   Growing up I was inordinately fond of the National Hymn, "God of our fathers, whose almighty hand", maybe because of the little trumpet triplets. I was wont to use that for the introit hymn.   Glenda Sutton gksjd85@direcway.com          
(back) Subject: Re: Patriotic "hymns" etc From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 09:19:09 -0500   At our Episcopal Church we are celebrating the 4th. of July using to the = Prayer Book propers. Strictly speaking the Episcopal Prayer Book of = 1979 calls for the July 4th. celebration to be transferred to Monday if = it falls on a Sunday, but it is permitted to use some or all of the = readings and prayers from July 4th. as long as you continue to head the = bulletin "The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost", and we are doing that. For = the hymns we are using hymns that are national without being jingoistic. = These are:   718 God of our fathers 607 O God of every nation 596 Judge eternal, throned in splendor 608 Eternal Father, strong to save 599 Lift every voice and sing   The Episcopal Church has always been rather ambivalent about celebrating = July 4th. William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania, opposed including a = celebration for July 4th. in the first Episcopal Prayer Book of 1789, = even though he had been a supporter of the American Revolution and was = Chaplain to the Continental Congress. This was because there were then = far too many loyalists within the Episcopal Church for it to be = comfortable to celebrate Independence Day. Even families were divided = on the issue. My wife is descended from John Agnew, a farmer in = Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, whose son James was a Colonel on the = American side and whose brother James was a General on the British side. = It was not until 1928 that the Episcopal Church included a liturgy for = July 4th. in its Prayer Book.   John Speller, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Louis.=20     ----- Original Message -----=20 From: T.Desiree' Hines=20 To: pipechat@pipechat.org=20 Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 8:47 AM Subject: Patriotic "hymns" etc     Hi friends Well...we are doing America/My Country Tis for the Processional and = Materna/O Beautiful for recessional. Im sticking in We Shall Overcome = for Offertory and Let Us Break Bread for offertory. Now, had things gone = the way I wanted, we woulda done Marion/Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart to open = and St Anne to close. If My hymnal had more majestic stuff in it, Gof = of Our fathers would have been a decent selection, or God The = Omnipotent/Russia (Gee...when am I ever going to get to go home to an = Episcopal Church and the 1982?)   Great comments from all of you.=20 My thoughts...most patriotic "hymns" are singular and talk about God = only loving America...which is ont of the beefs that those of us = pollitical gurus (Oh, Bill H?) argue about when we talk about current = warfare: America thinks God only loves America. With all monotheistic = denominations being universal nowadays...its just gauche to me to sing = them in mass...but...I have rent to pay and would like to eat every now = and again.   At the organ...Im using for the Prelude...a few pieces from Barbara = Owens 1776-1876 collections, and J Wayne Kerrs setting of Simple Gifts. = For Postlude im doing an arrangement of St Anne by Mary Ellen Kerrick.
(back) Subject: RE: Patriotic "hymns" etc From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 10:59:35 -0500   Well, Desiree'...sounds like you had a good program. I wish I had had = time to revamp mine before it went to press. I got chewed out by one very = vocal parishoner before I even got off the bench. Baptism by fire, I suppose. = I guess I should have followed my basic instinct and threw in the moldy oldies. I was so upset that I changed my shoes and beelined out the = closest door. Pastor called (not upset with me) because he got it too, and we = just said we need to work on preventing this for the future. No big deal. But he's also concerned that people don't realize what goes into this sort of thing, and is going to be talking to Council about it.   I'm more upset at getting chewed out than I am with the reason why she was upset. The only bummer is that she's on Personnel, and I'm sure this = isn't over. SIGH   Live and learn. Hope you all have a great 4th!   Jeff   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of T.Desiree' Hines Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 8:47 AM To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Patriotic "hymns" etc     Hi friends Well...we are doing America/My Country Tis for the Processional and Materna/O Beautiful for recessional. Im sticking in We Shall Overcome for Offertory and Let Us Break Bread for offertory. Now, had things gone the = way I wanted, we woulda done Marion/Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart to open and St = Anne to close. If My hymnal had more majestic stuff in it, Gof of Our fathers would have been a decent selection, or God The Omnipotent/Russia = (Gee...when am I ever going to get to go home to an Episcopal Church and the 1982?)   Great comments from all of you. My thoughts...most patriotic "hymns" are singular and talk about God = only loving America...which is ont of the beefs that those of us pollitical = gurus (Oh, Bill H?) argue about when we talk about current warfare: America = thinks God only loves America. With all monotheistic denominations being = universal nowadays...its just gauche to me to sing them in mass...but...I have rent = to pay and would like to eat every now and again.   At the organ...Im using for the Prelude...a few pieces from Barbara = Owens 1776-1876 collections, and J Wayne Kerrs setting of Simple Gifts. For Postlude im doing an arrangement of St Anne by Mary Ellen Kerrick.   More later     From Desiree' T. Desiree' Hines Chicago, IL 60610 ---------------------------- For Compositions by Desiree' Frog Music Press www.frogmusic.com ------------------------------- FOR CONCERTS BY DESIREE' http://concertartist.info/bios/hines.html     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------= - -- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail is new and improved - Check it out!  
(back) Subject: RE: How to explain the un-use of Patriotic music From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 11:03:22 -0500   > Maybe the same criterion would work for you, and if you're > willing to give a nod to the holiday you can avoid doing a whole service based on so-called > patriotic stuff.   Emily, that's what I did. I played a little medley of the "oldies" during communion while I waited for the distribution to end. We had some GREAT hymns today that was more 5th SUNDAY OF PENTECOST-oriented as opposed to "God Bless America", and the singing was great. Apparently it wasn't good enough for some. We did use one national-type hymn, "Before You Lord We Bow", which was LOADED with prayer for our country, but that didn't = satisfy either. Maybe next year I'll do "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "She's a Grand Ol' Flag" and the Star Spangled Banner....right after the courthouse puts a manger scene on their corner! :) (kidding)   jeff        
(back) Subject: Re: How to explain the un-use of Patriotic music From: "Raymond H. Clark, Quilisma Publications" <quilisma@cox.net> Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2004 09:02:12 -0700   I think some of us (at least) are rightly queasy about patriotic music in church, given that the present regime is using "christianity" to demonize and discriminate against certain minorities.   However, it IS possible to love God and love country simultaneously.   And we do.   I'm a citizen; it's MY flag and MY country and MY Constitution too!   Cheers,   Bud   Jeff White wrote: >>Maybe the same criterion would work for you, and if you're >>willing to give a nod to the holiday you can avoid doing a whole service > > based on so-called > >>patriotic stuff. > > > Emily, that's what I did. I played a little medley of the "oldies" = during > communion while I waited for the distribution to end. We had some GREAT > hymns today that was more 5th SUNDAY OF PENTECOST-oriented as opposed to > "God Bless America", and the singing was great. Apparently it wasn't = good > enough for some. We did use one national-type hymn, "Before You Lord We > Bow", which was LOADED with prayer for our country, but that didn't = satisfy > either. Maybe next year I'll do "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "She's a Grand = Ol' > Flag" and the Star Spangled Banner....right after the courthouse puts a > manger scene on their corner! :) (kidding) > > jeff > > > > "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 > List-Subscribe: <mailto:pipechat-on@pipechat.org> > List-Digest: <mailto:pipechat-digest@pipechat.org> > List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:pipechat-off@pipechat.org> > >      
(back) Subject: Re: Diapason sample From: "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 10:12:09 -0600   Hello, PipeChatters: The language changed from what it once meant. . .. > . . . a free sample copy of the * * * The Diapason. Our technology has changed in more ways than one. <grins> (hic) Can I download the free sample into my "toaster" and hear how it sounds? <great big apologetic grins> Sorry. It's a bad joke attempt, but it caught me as "funny" this morning. Maybe I'm having too much morning after effects. <smiles> I rather like The Diapason magazine.   Dick Burt ..    
(back) Subject: Re: How to explain the un-use of PatrIOtic music From: "Kenneth Potter" <swell_shades@yahoo.com> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 09:14:12 -0700 (PDT)   Out in the outer reaches of the Bronx at St. Peter's the folks really like a big whoop-de-do of patriotic hymns on the Fourth, so I give it to them. We had O God Our Help, Come Labor On (the only hymn that fit the lectionary today) The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Eternal Father Strong to Save, and God Of Our Fathers. My last church had strong ties to the Peace Movement and the Civil Rights Movement, so we NEVER did things like Onward Christian Soldiers or the big military hymns. I sort of enjoy doing them and people know we'll do them and it brings them out on a day they would be more likely to stay home.   Anyway, I have three weeks left at my present job (it's a very long story, with explanations due only close friends) and am going into a period of subbing. I don't know if I really want a church job anymore. My wife just retired last week, and we are coming to the end of restoration of a 1740 house and mill, so we want to enjoy it with fewer encumbrances. Anyway I am starting the subbing thingy with a bang with three weeks on one of the seven five-manual jobbies (with big horn) in New York City.   A really fine organist is replacing me as interim, and I seriously hope they will consider hiring him for the job. It'll be advertised soon. The organ can be seen at NYCAGO.org - click on New York Organs and scroll down to St. Peter's Westchester Square.   Happy Fourth!   Ken   =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D Kenneth Potter, Substitute Organist 845/358-2528 <swell_shades@yahoo.com>, 845/480-1416 cell =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D  
(back) Subject: RE: How to explain the un-use of PatrIOtic music From: "Jeff White" <reedstop@charter.net> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 11:34:48 -0500   To Bud and All...   Please understand I have no problem with patriotic music in the worship service. I'm just as American as the next guy (although a bit unsure of = how I like seeing our guys losing their heads...literally.) My choice in the absence of these hymns was mere variety, given that we just sang them. I again admit poor judgment, and wish I had done differently.   That's all I'll say. We now return you to our regularly scheduled = program. :)   Jeff, with Egg on Face    
(back) Subject: Need Track List Help From: "mack02445" <mack02445@comcast.net> Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2004 15:59:41 -0400   Fellow Listers,   I am trying to identify the track list for an E. Power Biggs album I taped many years ago, and could not find info for on the web.   The Album is Stars and Stripes Forever, M-34129 I believe mostly or all done at Methuen Memorial Mysic Hall. If anyone has this could they provide me with a copy of the play list in order? Also still looking for more Aeolian-Skinner Series Recordings info. still hazy after Vol. 25.   TIA, Mack    
(back) Subject: Re: Saville Sovereign Console Available in Knoxville From: "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 14:08:42 -0600   Hello, John, et al: The console shells made by Saville in Northbrook, Illinois, were as fine as you could buy from any pipe organ builder. They bought pedalboards and keyboards from suppliers; later they started building their own pedalboards. These were good, solid (wood craftsmanship) consoles. After the company was sold to the people in Wichita, Kansas, they had to learn how to build consoles again. I got the first three-manual console for a Sovereign made in Wichita. It was a bit poorly, compared with those built by Saville in the Northbrook operation. The change in ownership happened in about 1977. Saville built their last analog organ in about 1991. There is another group of people involved with the digital rebirth of the company, and that is another story for another day. <g> Appreciatively, F. Richard Burt ..    
(back) Subject: RE: How to explain the un-use of Patroitic music From: "TheShieling" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 08:59:55 +1200   >The other day I used a hymn from our 'modern' book [New Hymns & Worship Songs] entitled "God is our strength and refuge", which has been set to = the tune 'The Dambusters'.   And it works darn well as a hymn, too. I've used it a number of times and the congregation love it.   Ross   --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.714 / Virus Database: 470 - Release Date: 2/07/2004    
(back) Subject: RE: Patriotic "hymns" etc From: "Mari" <mreive@tampabay.rr.com> Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2004 18:08:43 -0400   We did Materna ofr the Sequence since it fit the Gospel, and the National Hymn for the Retiring Processional. All other hymns were for Pentecost 5. Mari -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of T.Desiree' Hines Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 9:47 AM To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Patriotic "hymns" etc     Hi friends Well...we are doing America/My Country Tis for the Processional and Materna/O Beautiful for recessional. Im sticking in We Shall Overcome for Offertory and Let Us Break Bread for offertory. Now, had things gone the = way I wanted, we woulda done Marion/Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart to open and St = Anne to close. If My hymnal had more majestic stuff in it, Gof of Our fathers would have been a decent selection, or God The Omnipotent/Russia = (Gee...when am I ever going to get to go home to an Episcopal Church and the 1982?)   Great comments from all of you. My thoughts...most patriotic "hymns" are singular and talk about God = only loving America...which is ont of the beefs that those of us pollitical = gurus (Oh, Bill H?) argue about when we talk about current warfare: America = thinks God only loves America. With all monotheistic denominations being = universal nowadays...its just gauche to me to sing them in mass...but...I have rent = to pay and would like to eat every now and again.   At the organ...Im using for the Prelude...a few pieces from Barbara = Owens 1776-1876 collections, and J Wayne Kerrs setting of Simple Gifts. For Postlude im doing an arrangement of St Anne by Mary Ellen Kerrick.   More later     From Desiree' T. Desiree' Hines Chicago, IL 60610 ---------------------------- For Compositions by Desiree' Frog Music Press www.frogmusic.com ------------------------------- FOR CONCERTS BY DESIREE' http://concertartist.info/bios/hines.html     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------= - -- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail is new and improved - Check it out!  
(back) Subject: Re: Patriotic "hymns" etc From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2004 18:36:35 -0400   We sang God of Our Fathers for the opening hymn, My Country 'Tis of Thee = for the sermon hymn (the pastor chooses that one), and Bringing in the Sheaves for the closing hymn. The latter is not, of course, in the LBW, nor in = any hymnal I can find, but I found it in cyberhymnal. I chose it because of = the gospel for today (the bulletin cover happened to a photograph of a wheat field ready for harvest). I was delighted to discover that Knowles Shaw (1834-1878), who wrote the words, was born about fifteen miles south of here, in Butler Co., Ohio. So I made a point of that in the music notes = for the bulletin. The prelude was Fanfare on "America, the Beautiful" by Matthew Corl, which I highly recommend; a duet sang "How Can I Keep from Singing," a lovely old American hymn; the offertory vocal solo was God = Bless America; the postlude was Ives' Variations on America. The pastor handed out miniature flags at the children's sermon, so I marched the children = out to a fragment of "You're a Grand Old Flag," which I could fortunately remember on the spot. The good thing was that the pastor in his sermon = made a point about how living in America is nice, but that living in the = Kingdom of God is more important!     Randy Runyon Music Director Zion Lutheran Church Hamilton, Ohio runyonr@muohio.edu      
(back) Subject: Happy Independence Day! From: "Alicia Zeilenga" <azeilenga@theatreorgans.com> Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2004 19:48:55 -0500   Happy Independence Day, everyone!   As on any Sunday, I had to get up and hustle off to church for the 7:00 AM Mass, which is nearly always a sacrifice. Since I needed to talk to my pastor I rode with him to the next church, where I am not organist. He told me to go sing in the choir, so I went up to the organ loft and talked to the organist, a man in his 60's or 70's. The organ is a Barkhoff (forgive me if I didn't spell it correctly).   He told me that a few of the pedals didn't work, and that it was a modest 2 manual organ. I saw that it had the old round stop knobs that I have a thing for, but the Gothic script -it IS pretty- made reading the names almost impossible. I do remember a Flute Harmonique, a 4' I think, and that there was a 16' pedal stop, probably a Bourdon. The fascade pipes were painted and Father and I discussed whether or not they were speaking pipes or not. I didn't look closely and neither of us knew.   Besides the organist, there was also a guitarist whose daughter saw the shoes I was wearing -brown leather slip-ons with 3 inch heels that work well on my pedal boards- and asked me if I was Amish ;-) And they had a digital piano and a pianist as well.   After playing an old electronic organ, the sound of real pipes was lovely.   And then it was on to 2 more services, on my old organs.   The afternoon was organistically boring, since I spent most of it either sleeping or climbing up the stairs to go down the water slide. Somehow I slightly sprained my left arm, so I'm hoping that I can still play tomorrow :-P   Alicia