Monthly Archives: March 2013

From the pen of Frederick Buechner . . .

One of my favorite pieces of writing by Frederick Buechner is the one on “Art” from Whistling in the Dark: An ABC Theologized. Buechner’s words came to my mind as I was searching for just the right words to post … Continue reading

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Song of the Man on the Road . . .

During the years I served as Director of Music for Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas I was blessed to partner with a number of gifted lyric writers. One of those people was The Reverend Fred McKirachan who provided … Continue reading

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The nine-dot puzzle – part two . . .

Continuing from The Art of Possibility: “If you have never played this game before, you will most likely find yourself struggling to solve the puzzle inside the space of the dots, as though the outer dots constituted the outer limit … Continue reading

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Maps, frameworks, and paradigms . . .

When I resumed this blog on March 12, 2013 I mentioned a book that had recently been given to me as a gift. I also stated how often I had observed that it was the “best book that I have … Continue reading

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Learning to listen . . .

People often ask, “How do you learn to hear the unique characteristics among different ways of organizing musical sounds?”  This post is going to suggest an introductory way to begin that process. First a few general comments: 1.  The piano keyboard is … Continue reading

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The healing power of music . . .

For the next several posts I want us to consider the healing power of music. Music therapy has been used for years in a number of different situations, and we will focus on music therapy in a post that is … Continue reading

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Music or noise . . .

Today we begin to look into the complex world of Hermann Helmholtz – mentioned in an earlier post. Following is the opening of his book On the Sensations of Tone*: “Sensations result from the action of an external stimulus on … Continue reading

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