Posts tagged ‘Spiritual Thinker’
“What’s love got to do with it”? What do you mean? What’s love got to do with what? It’s got to do with your life’s work. That’s what. So, I’m not talking about Tina Turner’s legendary view of romantic love. I’m talking about that deep spiritual, elemental kind of love that commits us to our work.
I had a great opportunity to learn more about that deep elemental love in action.
Years ago when I was a young singer at the beginning of my career, I attended a recital given by Frederica von Stade, the American opera singer and recitalist.
She was, and remains to this day, one of my favorite opera singers of all time. For me, she represents the consummate artist while possessing a largess of heart and spirit. Throughout her 40-year career, her instrument was rich, agile and glorious, and she was a wonderful actress on stage. But mostly, I always felt her joy and love — not only for her craft, but for her audience as well.
So, imagine my excitement to get to experience Frederica von Stade live in recital!
Drums in Church – Some Concluding Thoughts
My friend Kemi Awosile put me in contact with Steve Okwor, an African drummer who organized the drummers for our Thanksgiving Day service at The Mother Church (TMC). She had sat in and drummed with this group before, and so I asked her how she felt about her experience.
Kemi said, “I am in awe of the communication that occurs when two or more people sit down to drum. The inner and outer rhythms, the call and response back and forth and the pure joy of working together and off of one another all leave me breathless and spell bound. For me, it is miraculous and magical to get to play with these folks.”
Music Chose Him:
An Interview with
Inspirational Composer Greg Granoff
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.
To 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…)
Here’s another really interesting aspect of Lyrics and Church: What happens when people have divergent theological interpretations of a song’s lyrics that you sing in church? It probably occurs far more than we musicians realize. Not everyone speaks up. But when someone does, it always gives me pause for thought and reflection.
I sang a beautiful contemporary anthem in church not so long ago. It was actually the second time I had performed this song in a three-year period, and also had recorded it on my Inspirational Spanish CD.