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

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-...

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...

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...

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....

October 31, 2019

Courage to Chart a New Course

  from Patrick Kavanaugh's Spiritual Moments with the Great Composers, 1995, Zondervan

  (image, courtesy of Waldomiguez, Pixabay)  

Cavalli? Is it a type of pasta?

Wrong! Pier Franceso Cavalli was a seventeenth-century Venetian composer...

September 27, 2019

                     This photo was taken after Patrick conducted my Schumann Concerto,

                                                       (performed with the TENS unit)....

June 14, 2019

Vivian, you began your adult life as a professional musician…

V: After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music (French horn), I freelanced in the Cleveland area. Also, I performed and traveled as a member of a professional brass quintet.

Music is very much a par...

May 21, 2019

We Christians fall into a trap of thinking, "What difference can I make?" Your friends and colleagues are longing to know the Living God, whether or not they are aware of this deep need. Read this article to discover how Christ can make a difference through one willing...

January 24, 2019

Far Side, by Gary Larson

 My favorite music cartoon. Any others in the running?

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