Details, Details…

At a recent choir rehearsal, I worked on, among other things, Since By Man Came Death from Messiah. Most of you now have that running in your heads, I know, but as you replay it, how long is the space between the slow part and the fast part? How long…

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Local Solutions

Long time readers know the second half of the headline mantra: for Local Situations. It has been my professional advice, and practice, for more than 50 years now. At the heart of this saying is the absolute fact that no two programs, or ministries, or choirs, or directors, or churches,…

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Not What It Seems

It’s time to remind everyone that everything is not always what it seems. For instance, one of the most read articles at the Creator Magazine website is David Music’s Top 10 Reasons to NOT Sing Hymns. If you haven’t read it, you should. But when social media got hold of…

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The Quick Fix

I have talked elsewhere about how you needed to fix some musical problems in an ensemble before they became chronic. One of my readers, who trains horses for rodeo events like barrel racing, wrote me to say that the same is true in training horses. If you let something go,…

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Pastoral Care

I have long thought that pastoral care as a “calendared” part of the job description of a church musician or worship leader is what separates a part time position from a full time position. As Hugh Ballou points out here, pastoral care is an important part of what we do.…

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The Happiness of Pursuit

I just finished reading a pre-release copy of a new book that is releasing to the public today. Written by one of my blogger heros, Chris Guillebeau, the title is The Happiness of Pursuit. In the book, Chris chronicles, and gleans lessons from, a number of people pursuing (or having…

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