Music Blog

Musically Speaking November 2019

Ah, for Musical Memories!  Take a moment and sing a song in your head.  It can be from a Broadway musical, a motown hit song, R & B, country, jazz, hip-hop, rock n roll, or from classical repertory.  It could be a song the choir sang last week or a hymn from a church service.  […]

Musically Speaking – October 2019

“……….For me, it’s singing.  Because when I’m singing, I’m breathing.  When I’m terrified that the meeting is going to fall apart, when someone I trust and look up to is giving me feedback that’s hard to hear, or when I’m about to knock on someone’s door or engage in direct action or sit down with […]

Musically Speaking – September 2019

Happy fall and welcome (back) to First Parish!  At this time in our church life, we are embracing some things very new with our interim minister and in the letting go of the way things used to be.  We are certainly fortunate to have Wendy Bell along this journey with us.  This change, all by […]

Musically Speaking – June 2019

My first thought is gratitude for the year.  The music at First Parish is happening!  The choir has grown and, with the help of Guy’s practice files, has done more challenging and exciting music than ever before.  We realized a dream I have had of featuring Missa Gaia as a church service and doing it […]

Musically Speaking – May 2019

I recently was asked to fill out a survey for one of Mark’s students who is studying UU polity. Polity is defined as “a form or process of civil government or constitution, an organized society”. I think of polity as how the church is run—how we do what we do. The fact that we are […]

Musically Speaking – April 2019

This is the time of year when we reflect on the highlights of the fall, winter and now spring. I have just written the Annual Report for Music, and I would like to share some of that with you now. In the fall, with the current chair of the Worship committee (this year it is […]

Musically Speaking – March 2019

First let me say that our choir has been amazing!  They have not had a Thursday night off for months.  (We usually have one per month.)  Preparing for Missa Gaia made us all hunker down to be ready for Music Sunday.  Choir members have shown up, practiced their parts, shared their creative ideas, and actively […]

Musically Speaking – February 2019

This month is an exciting one for the First Parish Choir!  We are in the home stretch getting prepared for Music Sunday, which will be Sunday, March 3rd this year.  (Our usual time for Music Sunday is the first part of May.)  I remember feeling this way last year as we were almost ready for […]

Musically Speaking – January 2019

Missa Gaia is a Mass for the Earth.  It is a celebration of the earth as a sacred place.  It was premiered in New York in 1981 by Paul Winter, Jim Scott, Paul Halley, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Kim Oler. This piece of music is unique because there are three performing genres:  choral singing, instrumental playing, […]