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I think I froze for a second or two, and then it hit me! The miracle we had prayed for JUST HAPPENED!!

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

We have just posted a new YouTube video that shows the rebuilding process for a standard M.P. Moller pitman windchest.   Many people have no idea what is involved in building or renovating a pipe organ, and this video is intended to help.   Plus, the soundtrack is Les Torreadors from Carmen, as played by […]

Albert Schweitzer

April 24th, 2012

Most of us know of Dr. Albert Schweitzer as the great and selfless doctor who left his home to establish a hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon. But Schweitzer was also a theologian, philosopher, organist, and organ builder.   In 1956, an academy-award winning documentary about his life was produced.   I watched it this evening, and […]

  RMS Titanic I have scheduled this post to appear on the Reynolds Organ Blog, “Wild Air,” at exactly 1:17 am on April 15, 2012.   Correcting for shipboard time vs. Eastern Daylight Time, this is posting on the 100th anniversary of the exact moment that the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean closed over […]

We refer to our seven (and a half!) year-old grandson, Jonathan, as our Vice President in charge of Lego projects.       Sunday, for Easter, we took him with us to North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, about 70 miles away.   Bubby had never attended a church this large, and he was particularly […]

Recently, I opined about the electronic organ.   Today, I would like to discuss a different instrument that, in the past, filled the niche that electronic organs fill today.     Your great-grandmother may have had a small one in her living room.   It often had a hutch, complete with beveled mirror.   It […]

Renovating the Human Soul

April 8th, 2012

  A Wreck of time… As I write this, it is Easter afternoon.   It has been a full day.   Tina and I have been priviledged to have our grandson, age almost 8,  overnight.   This morning, we did the Easter Bunny thing, hunted for eggs in the backyard, and headed off to church. […]

Alive and Well

April 1st, 2012

          As I travel through the organ world, I sometimes get comments from well-meaning and uninformed folks that seem to imply that my work is about as timely as that of a typewriter repairman.   Even more frustrating is opening my Sunday morning newspaper, the Marion, IN Chronicle-Tribune, to find an […]

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