Stillness and Silence Friday November 27th, 2020 -

When making music, there comes a time to be silent. This can often be confused for stillness. While our voices or instruments may not be ringing – we are listening for the next entrance, we are counting the measures, we are watching the conductor. There is a lot of activity underneath all of ...

Moving in Suspension Wednesday September 30th, 2020 -

For this month of Deep Listening I can’t help but think about suspensions.  In a lot of ways I feel like we are in a time of suspension.  In music a note that’s holding over from a time before and not quite arrived at someplace else.  I’m choosing to name it ‘someplace else’ instead of ...

Striking a Chord Wednesday July 29th, 2020 -

We were perfectly happy with the chord on the left.  It’s easy to play on the piano at least.  That chord is probably one of the first things piano folx learn how to play.    The middle one makes the same chord, same notes but it’s harder.  The middle chord we have to stretch our eyes.  We ...

There will be better days… Tuesday June 30th, 2020 -

I first heard Kate and Justin Miner’s “Tomorrow” in the first days of UU wide collegial collaboration, in that mid March time when we were first trying to swim in this COVID shut down era.  I was grateful to Rev Teresa Soto for sharing the Persisters of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland singing this ...

Making Sabbath Space through Sound Friday May 29th, 2020 -

I started thinking this week – what do I already do and have to create sacred space in my home. I could write about how sacred space comes in through singing a hymn to myself or listening to a playlist. Sabbath space is slightly different though. It’s the act of setting aside ...