Posts tagged ‘church services’

Djembe Thanksgiving – Part 1

Djembe Thanksgiving
Part 1:
The Drummers and Joe

Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff
Read Part 3: Oy! Logistics, Permissions and Switzerland, Oh My!
Read Part 4: A Joyful Chaos!

Read Part 5: Drums In Church — Some Concluding Thoughts

I am grateful for many things, and as I stand facing forward into the New Year, African drumming is one of them!  Looking back over 2009, one of the stand-out moments for me was the Thanksgiving Service in Boston at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, (The Mother Church) where I serve as soloist.

This year, we had the distinct privilege of including some truly soulful folks whose lives are given to healing and caring.  These folks also happen to be mostly African and drummers and they are Christian Science nurses and they shared their musical gifts with the congregation during the Thanksgiving service.

Rehearsal in the Original Edifice of The Mother Church: Doris Olawuwo, Tamie Kanata, Nathan Frederick, Joe Galeota, Dogah Koblavi, Teresa Ambugo, Steve Okwor, Julia Wade

In my inimitable fashion, I will be telling you some stories and sub-stories of this experience – in 5 parts!  It was such a rich, unifying and uplifting endeavor that went way beyond the actual church service (which was wonderful – but more on that later!)  So here’s the story, or actually, here are the stories…

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January 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm 5 comments

Interview with Composer Greg Granoff – Part 2

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Music Chose Him:
An Interview with
Inspirational Composer Greg Granoff

Part 2

My interview with composer Greg Granoff kicks off a new part of Inspiratus.
It will be featuring interview/conversations with artists of all kinds.
The idea is to explore just how inspiration, creativity, and spirituality all play a role in the development, creation and reception of an artist’s work.

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Read Part One of my interview with Greg Granoff

SM_granoff_thbTo continue with our conversation, Watchfire Music Composer Greg Granoff has spoken in depth about his approach to composition and his thoughts on creativity. Greg also mentioned his work in the Music Department at Humbolt State University. (more…)

August 19, 2009 at 1:03 am 2 comments

Lyrics and Church — Part 1

Recently, my good friend Kristie commented on this blog that she sang “From A Distance” as a solo in her church. Now, unless she corrects me, I believe she is referring to the Julie Gold song “From A Distance” sung by the divine Miss M, Bette Midler. (I love her! And I love Julie Gold!)

The Divine Miss M-Bette Midler

The Divine Miss M-Bette Midler

Feedback that came to Kristie was that some folks weren’t thrilled about the lyrics — meaning, I think, that maybe they thought the lyrics weren’t quite right for their church service – the song may not have had the substance they were looking for.

It’s happened to all of us who sing regularly in church: we sing something that is not everyone’s “cup of tea” or preference, or sense of theology. It’s a tough one. (more…)

May 20, 2009 at 7:33 am 3 comments

The Master’s Voice

Pike's Peak in Colorado - image by David Shankbone

There is a lady who spends her days in an incredible place on the planet. She lives at the foot of the Front Range in Colorado where she composes beautiful ballads, solo songs and choral pieces for her church and the world.

She writes lyrics that soar and offer expressions of gratitude, joy, devotion, inner reflection, comfort, worship and praise. Her music is inspired. Remarkably, this lady’s method of tithing to her church is to offer her music on the internet as free sheet music downloads. What a gift!

Sally Deford is a prolific composer of Christian Inspirational music that crosses over many religions. She is a member of the Mormon Church, yet much of her music lives and breathes in other church denominations as well. (more…)

April 29, 2009 at 3:55 am 3 comments

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