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Posts tagged ‘authenticity’

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 […]

I want to forward a blog posting by Fr. Robert Hendrickson, an Episcopal priest based in New Haven, CT. His comments are so relevant that I don’t want to elaborate on them or pontificate on them.   I just want to give you the link, and let you read it for yourself. http://thecuratesdesk.org/2012/05/15/dont-do-it-for-the-kids-of-hymnal-revision-and-young-adults/

On Adaptive Reuse

May 6th, 2012

In the world of architectural preservation, they call it “adaptive reuse.”   Simply stated, the concept is that of preserving and restoring a built structure, but adapting it to a modern purpose.   For example, an old power station in London was structurally restored and converted into the Tate Gallery.   In the organ world, […]

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.   […]

The Organist

April 15th, 2012

I wonder how the organist Can do so many things; He’s getting ready long before The choir stands up and sings; He’s pressing buttons, pushing stops, He’s pulling here and there, And testing all the working parts While listening to the prayer. He runs a mighty big machine, It’s full of funny things; A mass […]

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 […]

Most electronic organs sound like the taste of yesterday’s bath water. While you’re wrapping your mind around this incongruous observation, I will plunge ahead. Electronic  voice generation (let’s call it EVG, to save me some extra typing), whether for individual deep pedal notes, or for entire stops, or for entire organs, is here to stay. […]

It's the REAL Thing

April 1st, 2010

Our culture has done much to blur the distinction between the authentic article and the clever fake.   By many, it is considered a high compliment to say that something is “realistic.”   In fact, the suffix on the word “real” completely reverses its meaning.   Something that is “realistic” is something that is ultimately […]

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