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Music ... and Silence

Posted on May 13, 2013 11:10:08 AM by Renee H. Friday in 1 Kings 19, in anticipate, in music, in Potpourri, in receive, in silence

There are two important silences whenever a piece of music is offered, whether in church or the concert hall. The first silence precedes the music; it can be as short as a heartbeat, or as long as the conductor decides. This silence is for "anticipation and preparation", as everyone gets ready for the music to come. The music then grows from the silence. When the music has ended, there is another important silence, the "receiving" silence. In this short pause, the audience can sometimes be heard to inhale as they receive the music and its meaning, and choose what to do next. Clap? Hold still and quiet, savoring the moment? The receiving silence calls upon the listeners to make a decision.

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Lenten Music as Pastoral Care

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 9:17:05 AM by Victor E. Gebauer in lent, in music, in pastoral care, in Planning, in silence, in song

You probably will read this posting during Lent with its familiar themes and moods. Lent also plunges us into complicated, intense pastoral realities. The forty days invite us to admit our private or public grief, anger at God, confusion at injustice and pain, need for reconciliation, and despair over sin. The pastoral use of music in these deep-toned times of confession and renewal can be a true challenge.

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The Sound of Silence

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 7:14:09 AM by Tim Getz in Assembly Song, in silence, in taize

 

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