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A Hymn for the Fourth

July 4th, 2014

  Here is a great hymn for the Fourth of July.  I offer it as a meditation on the meaning of being an American.  It doesn’t appear in most hymnals today, probably because it is politically incorrect, especially in the last stanza.  God bless our EXCEPTIONAL country!  Not alone for mighty empire, stretching far over land […]

A Thought for Today

June 20th, 2014

Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity. – Charles Marie Widor

A Reflection

June 12th, 2012

“Men can never look at the sun, except downwards, at his reflection in the things of earth.   If he is reflected in a dirty puddle, he is still the sun…” -Mary Stewart in “The Crystal Cave”

Over his keys the musing organist,     Beginning doubtfully and far away, First lets his fingers wander as they list,     And builds a bridge from Dreamland for his lay: Then, as the touch of his loved instrument     Gives hopes and fervor, nearer draws his theme, First guessed by faint auroral […]

Words…

May 11th, 2012

“There are some things that one hesitates to bring down into words.   Words change an idea by definitions too precise, meanings too hung about with the references of every day.” – Mary Stewart   (in The Hollow Hills)

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