The Performing Church

The other day, I was stopped in my tracks by a statement. It went something like this: “It’s hard for musicians to detach themselves from performance when Sunday morning is the only time they aren’t performing.”

Something inside me couldn’t reconcile myself to that thought. Does music always have to be a performance, barring use in church where we say we’re leading instead? After I had time to mull it over, I decided that the answer is no. Here are two examples. Continue reading


Musical Influences

I play the guitar. Almost every week, I can be found at Elim Baptist Church with a friendly bunch of other musicians, smiling big and doing something I absolutely enjoy.

I also love to listen to all kinds of music. I listen to film scores, bluegrass, classic rock, folk, electronic, classical, pop, blues, zydeco, gospel, jazz, and on and on and on. It’s all so interesting and fascinating to listen to, and I love the variety.

Of course, my listening tends to flow naturally into my playing. And there are also other people and things that influence what I do on my guitar. This post is about as many of those influences as I can think of. Continue reading

Musical Stuff That Makes Me Smile

Recently, I tweeted this:

I’m a total sucker for songs with “do-do-do-do” parts or whistling. True story.

That started me thinking about other musical things I’m “a total sucker” for. What makes me smile, will 99% of the time mean I will have a new favorite song?

Well, I’ll start with the two I mentioned in the tweet and move on from there. Continue reading

The Obligatory Christmas Music Post

Hey, I did this last year, so why not?

I have been enjoying learning how to play the Irish reel Christmas Eve on the dulcimer. Even more so now that I tuned it. I’ve also fiddled around with all my previous favorites and discovered that I haven’t lost them entirely. My own arrangement of Go Tell It on the Mountain is particularly fun.

And of course, I’m still playing guitar every week in church.

Christmas Music

I’ve been playing the dulcimer a lot lately, which isn’t too surprising for this time of year. What surprises me is that I have already increased my repertoire from the two Christmas songs I knew last year to four this year. And I’m working on a few others as well.

Right now, I can play these Christmas songs tolerably well:

  • Joy to the World
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Deck the Halls
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain

I’m working on these:

  • I Saw Three Ships
  • Good Christian Men Rejoice
  • He Is Born

Who knows what else I’ll try before the season is over! Do you know of anything else that I absolutely must learn to play?

I’m Slowing Down!

I’m at 43 pages on Script Frenzy. That’s way ahead enough to be comfortable, but it also means I’m slowing down. The last two days I wrote about 4 pages, which is one more than I need. That’s nothing compared to the 5 to 8 pages I was writing earlier on.

Although, come to think of it, today and yesterday I was writing all difficult transition-y scenes, so that could account for the drop in page count. We’ll see what happens tomorrow morning when the story hits its stride again.

And in the dulcimer world, I’ve been playing and singing Creed a lot lately. I had it almost down when the dulcimer decided to get out of tune again. So yesterday I tuned it and now I’m playing some more!

I guess the long post is because I’m on a roll coming off of writing my script about fifteen minutes ago…

My Wrist Hurts

Today was eventful. I went to the dentist, which I guess is okay. Not the best way to spend the afternoon, though.

I’ve been playing Creed all day, trying to get the singing right. I was just about there, but I think I strained my wrist with all the hammering. *sigh* Maybe tomorrow if it’s feeling better.

Yes, I tagged this “ow” for all those reading who know me!