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Notes for an Evening of Contemplative Piano Music

Spoken notes for a piano presentation 6/4/2011: The Western world for the last several centuries has been dominated by very left-brain thinking, in which everything has to be ‘figured out’ and put into its proper pigeon-hole, whether that be our … Continue reading

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The Love of God

The love of God is infinite for every human soul, because every human soul is unique; no other can satisfy the same need in God. –W.B.Yeats

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The Names of the Seven Archangels

Near as I can determine, the oldest list of the names of the seven archangels is to be found in the Book of Enoch, written around 300 BCE. This book is regarded as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and … Continue reading

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Bach & ‘Musical Numerology’

I just read that in Bach’s Magnificat (Mary’s song when she is told she’s pregnant), that the movement Omnes Generationes (“All Generations [Will Call Me Blessed]“) has 41 statements of that. BTW, in Matt 1 there are 41 generations from … Continue reading

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A Paraphrase of the 23rd Psalm

The Lord is ineffable, I shall never presume to comprehend Her at all. He shows me Unfathomable Shining Mysteries. In every moment for all time She sings Her Great Omni-Fecund Silence—and all that Is springs anew, transformed and renewed again … Continue reading

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The Limits of Machines, Progress & Education

Every society and culture has its set of assumptions & myths (in the good sense of that word—that is, a deeply and largely unspoken set of beliefs) that make that society work. And, like everything else that human beings touch, … Continue reading

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The Mystical ‘Orchard’ of Music

In studying the Torah, Judaism identifies four ways of approaching their Sacred Text. The first three apply nicely to ANY text (sacred and otherwise). Suppose we take the soliloquy “Friends, Romans and countrymen, lend me your ears…” (BTW, in Hebrew, … Continue reading

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“Turtles All The Way Down”

There’s an ancient cosmology that goes something like this: An ancient teacher taught that the earth rested on the back of a huge turtle. “But teacher”, a student asked, “what holds up the turtle?” “Ah”, he said, “that’s easy. He … Continue reading

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Who Seeks Whom?

One of the main points of the “Good News” is that it is God who seeks us, and not the other way around. We are incapable of approaching the Infinity of Infinities in any meaningful way—how could we? A worm … Continue reading

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NEW PIECE: “Eternally Starlit Sandstone”

Earlier I did a simple ‘test’ piece using musical numerology, but this is my first substantive piece putting it to use. It was a commission by Don Dudley—a 60th birthday present for his wife Earleen. The title refers to a … Continue reading

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