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

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...

May 9, 2020

NORMAL SERVICE INTERRUPTED!

As I write to you from southern England the sun is shining and a gentle breeze wafts across a blue sky, and I am having coffee in my garden rather than rehearsing Debussy ‘Images’.  I have been the principal bassist with the Bournemouth Symph...

April 11, 2020

THE GREAT WORK OF GRATITUDE

Musicians, staff, and crew alike should never contemplate deep things, much less the state of their anxiety, during what we call “tech week” in the opera industry. Usually this entails several long rehearsals in a row for everyone. Sometimes...

March 7, 2020

COLORS SEEMED BRIGHTER

Music has been a part of my life since a very young age. In kindergarten, teachers discovered some musical talent in me and I started study on the piano sometime in the first grade. I started the bassoon in the 4th grade. In the midst of all that...

February 11, 2020

WALKING THIS PATH TOGETHER

I am writing from Thailand, where I have come to conduct the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra several times per year over the last 5 years. The first time I came, after the first rehearsal, a member of the orchestra came up to me and asked, “Yo...

November 26, 2019

“Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity from a convalescent in the Lydian mode.” Beethoven wrote very little extra-musical comments in his score. Yet, he penned these words of thanksgiving to God before the 3rd movement, Molto Adagio, from his Quartet no. 15 in A minor, op....