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  “UNBELIEVABLE!” “I had no idea”   “How many pipes are there?”   Whenever we introduce church members to their pipe organ, these are the inevitable exclamations.  Most of them have seen the console of the organ, with its keyboards, pedalboard, stops, and buttons, and they believe that these parts constitute “the organ.”  Most have […]

A Thought for Today

June 20th, 2014

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

Why is Music VITAL to Faith?

August 10th, 2012

Mankind desperately needs to bridge the gap between the rational and the spiritual…

The first order of business was to launch an educational effort in the renewing of worship.

The Night I Met Einstein

July 24th, 2012

Musicians, this is worth a read! http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/the-night-i-met-einstein/

On Playing Bach

July 17th, 2012

“Remember that Bach is not idiomatic keyboard music, but an imitation of voices, instruments, or ensembles, and use the resources of the piano (organ?)  accordingly.” -Ralph Kirkpatrick   (1911-1984), American Musicologist and Harpsichordist

On Imitations

June 30th, 2012

“Blatant imitations lack integrity.” Alexandra Stoddard in “The Decoration of Houses”

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”

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)

On the Organ and Beauty

April 17th, 2012

We paint our houses to make them beautiful.   We color our clothes to make them beautiful.   Artists paint pictures to create beauty.   And the sole right of the organ to be tolerated in church, in theatre, in school, in concert halls, in the home, depends upon its ability to create beauty.   […]

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