Musical Musings

Conversation Corners in the Cafe

Christian classical musicians hold a unique, small slice in the pie graph of this world. Breathing with both halves of our brain, we’re in a labyrinth of technique, mathematics, acoustics, emotions, our hearts and souls, as well as a million other circuits.

 

These musings are springboards in seeking the Lord’s ways to navigate the maze.

Café Jubalatte will be offering different conversations, adding new musings regularly.

 

We welcome your thoughts!

“Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders."   Psalm 119:27

November 10, 2020

How Great You Are Our God!

How faithful You are! There is none like You! 

What a privilege to be invited by Café Jubalatte to share aspects of my lifetime walk with God, particularly the exciting gift of discovering that His promises revealed in the Holy Bible are true,...

October 19, 2020

Who Matters? 

How should one perform? How should one live?

The words I share with you are from one of my absolute favorite novels.

It would not be classified as “Christian literature”, little plot, little action, few characters.

"The Fish Can Sing" by Haldòr Laxness (1908-...

October 10, 2020

As a child, I loved playing the piano fast. My teacher would always tell me to slow down,

to not rush. I told her I didn’t like playing the slow movements. She told me that when I grew older I would enjoy the slower movements more. But as a teenager I had a performance...

September 10, 2020

Most artists and musicians are out of work right now and I’m no different. When we reached day 70 of “15 Days to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus,” I knew I would need to find a steady source of income, so I started a part-time job at a “major home improvement store” nea...

August 18, 2020


Bach Invention

    by Jane Tyson Clement (1917-2000)

If I could live as finished as this phrase, no note too strong;

each cadence purposed, clear,

the logic of the changing harmony building and breaking to a major chord

strangely at home within a minor web of music; i...

August 11, 2020

I have a ringing in my ears. 

It’s not a pitch, or static white noise, it’s just there. I can push aside the distracting thoughts of the day—the strange memories of things I've done or, the things I have left undone, but after that clutter is gone, it's still just there...

July 23, 2020

Stephen Tavani, Assistant Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra

I recorded Johann Sebastian Bach's "Chaconne" for solo violin for the Good Friday service at my church.

    This is a piece of music which has been a kind of Mount Everest for me personally, which I had started...

July 15, 2020

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IN ALL SITUATIONS: TO GLORIFY GOD

At the beginning of 2020, Australia’s native species were being devastated by wildfires and the initial coronavirus outbreak in China had just hit the news. At my orchestra’s first rehearsal for the season, the condu...

June 9, 2020

A PIANIST'S VISIONS OF CHRIST

I’ve always had performance anxiety. It’s been a source of frustration, but somehow I became a career musician anyway. Around 2013, I began to have some very unusual but completely clear visions from God while performing at the MasterWorks...

May 16, 2020

The year 2020 has wrought radical change. We performers are truly in the midst, wondering what our world “after-the-pandemic” will look like. I love how artists from around the world are working together in virtual ways to share hope, beauty, and comfort to vast audien...

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