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The irony is not lost on me

So, as a music director, I often plan out upcoming music as far ahead as three months at a time. This may seem excessive to non-music folks, but in order to prepare who has to rehearse what, for how long a time period (believe it or not, some people don’t sight read for Jesus on Sundays well), and making sure the needed head count will be available on dates when their part is integral to a particular piece are all parts of the puzzle in music ministry to be paid attention to. Sometimes we have to adjust on the fly.

I am currently serving with a small congregation just building up a music ministry and the youth have truly stepped up front and center to participate. The song we (or rather, I) planned to go with the week’s readings is Kari Jobe’s, “I Am Not Alone.”

That is until my guitarist has to be out of town this weekend and my lead teens have a family event conflict…so effectively, I would be actually alone singing a song entitled “I Am Not Alone.”

The Kari Jobe song is officially getting pushed back a week until the group returns. Obviously.

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Diva flashback to the Mozart Alleluia

So, I am working on some projects from home and one of them has to do with using video for things like web conferences, one-on-one’s and such that thanks to the magic of the internet, we no longer have to drive anywhere to “meet” with clients. Part of what I needed to do was to look back at my old YouTube channel that was started way back in 2008 or 2009 when this blog started and carefully examine it for modern things like metadata, descriptions and keywords.

At the time I did the videos, they were for the purpose of teaching my choirs and musicians songs through demonstration, and putting them up on a quick video meant the person could practice as much as they wanted at home during the week. If this is your first day with me, I’ll cut you slack on not knowing this unshakeable pillar of my music as ministry philosophy:

Thou shalt not sight-read for Jesus on Sunday, but shall prepare thyself first privately and then with thy fellow music team members before leading worship in community.

Ten years ago, I was also using Windows XP and the original MovieMaker (best software ever) that Microsoft discontinued. The jerks. Still not happy about that which is why when my Windows 7 laptop fritzed this spring, I finally bailed on PC and made the switch to a Mac mini. Now, I am learning to use iMovie to edit video. In the meantime, I use my little iPhone 4S with no editing. Hey, it still works, okay? Don’t judge.

In other words, I wasn’t on the YT channel to listen to my songs and stuff; I was supposed to be examining it for the upcoming overhaul to make it search engine friendly, something it desperately needs. It’s bad. So before I can take the next step in what I am working on, I need to get my SEO ducks in a row on an existing channel. The good part of that is that I can then see if the metrics change substantially or not to know if I’m doing it right. Back to the digression.

Of course, one cannot help but hear oneself singing in one’s own videos running on the screen while trying to figure out how I need to completely change out every single one of the 80 plus video descriptions. Both the bad descriptions and my caterwauling were painful.

A few of the videos made me laugh more than cringe at my squeaks and bad hair due to the purpose I recorded them. This one is the Alleluia from Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, a coloratura favourite for its zippy scales and high notes. A young friend was trying to learn the song so she asked me to make her a video. No make up. No fancy clothes. Accompanying myself (shouldn’t do that, especially for a classical song).

Hope ya’ll get a kick out of this 10-year-old, no frills Diva flashback 😉

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Share a Little Bit of Your Love

This adorable song by Ray Repp from the 1970s is in one of those old Augsburg Press annual vacation Bible school/Sunday school books I’ve had from years and years ago. As always, any song we share with our young Praise Band has to mean something to the kids, and this song is spot on. They really love it.

Therefore, we shot this quick learning video for our youngest musicians to learn the words (since they don’t read yet) by practicing it at home this week.

Much like “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser, something tells me this song is going to very popular on Memory Lane for a lot of people.

Song info: Words and music by Ray Repp (c) 1978 K&R Music, Inc. from the original recorded and published collection, Benedicamus.

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Psalm 8 for Trinity Sunday, Year B

Golly, but look what I found in the archives on my external hard drive: a practice video for the young lady who was going to chant Psalm 8 on Trinity Sunday of 2014. Luckily, the lectionary readings come around every three years 😉

 

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R.I.P. Kurt Kaiser

A very sad obituary to have read today: Christian songwriter Kurt Kaiser passed away yesterday. He was 83 years old. His song, “Pass It On,” is iconic in contemporary Christian music. An accompaniment track I did for the song years ago has been viewed over 800,000 times on my YouTube channel alone, and I have found it in numerous other places, pilfered and posted on various international video channels. He probably didn’t mind any more than I did because the important thing was the song was globally loved and sung. May his soul rest in peace and may his family find comfort in having lived with a gifted, modern evangelist whose reach and influence will only be truly known in the hereafter.

https://www.baptiststandard.com/news/obituaries/obituary-kurt-kaiser/

Please feel free to sing along to my accompaniment track in Kurt’s honor:

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Trumpet Sonata

This past Sunday was the combined bands’ Spring Concert at the school where I substitute. As an interlude in the middle, the band director and I played a duet of piano and trumpet on Trumpet Sonata VII by Arcangelo Corelli. Here is the clip of our duet:

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Veterans Day choir performance

Here’s a picture of me accompanying the community choir this morning in the high school auditorium for the Veterans Day service. The choir did a very nice job for their very first performance. The service would have been outside on the court house steps if it weren’t for the remnants of Hurricane Ida going on outside. Just as well – I didn’t need to wear a coat, my music didn’t blow away, the people filling the auditorium had comfy seats, and we didn’t have to worry about bees, mosquitoes or the ever-popular hauling of a keyboard and sound equipment outside. And then back.

2009-11-11 Veterans Day (1)

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