Showing posts from September, 2009

No stranger to these sounds. Review: Organist, Scott Dettra at the Washington National Cathedral.

The afternoon was stunningly beautiful, with clouds rolling across the skies in front of us as we made the trek from Richmond up I95 to DC.  It is a long, unpredictable road but our plans to hear Scott play had been interrupted so many times in the past few years... today was the day.  We loaded up all 4 children in the van and headed out right after church to try and make it to the National Cathedral for evensong at 4 and the organ recital of celebrated, principal organist Scott Dettra at 5:15.  

As you might expect, things didn't go as planned and the occasional storms wreaked havoc with traffic patterns.  Arriving at 4:40 we were able to walk into the cathedral just in time to hear the end of the Evensong service with the glorious "Like as a Hart" by Howells soaring into the highest reaches of the cathedral.  The sounds immediately transported me back in time and for just a minute, I could feel myself as a member of the Westminster Choir recording this same piece with…

Atlas doesn't shrug in my mind even after weeks.

These quotes continue to come back to me over and over in these past weeks as I reflect on my recent journey through Atlas Shrugged.  Many of these ideas present contradictions to my subconcious ideals about the world as I know it(as I learned it in school and church),  yet they are so blatantly obvious and simple.  When I couple these concepts of accountability with my deep seated desire to love and encourage others to succeed I think I begin to make just a little sense of my world.  I don't know all of the answers, but I know for sure that I indeed want to live.  What an awesome book, for anyone who wants to seriously reflect on himself, and our world today.

"Who is John Galt?"

“For if there is more tragic a fool than the businessman who doesn’t know that he is an exponent of man’s highest creative spirit, it is the artist who thinks that the businessman is his enemy.“ Composer Richard Halley

"Who is the public? What does it hold as its good? There was a time whe…

Tenor to get a Händel on Bruton Parish

You are invited!  Organist Charles Lindsey and Tenor Jeff Prillaman of Da Capo Va will be presenting a concert of historic music in a beautiful historic space on Saturday Evening 8pm,  Sept 26, 2009.

The Candlelight concert series is a favorite of tourists and locals alike.
 Don't miss your opportunity to Kick off Fall in VA in fine fashion.

Bruton Parish, Candlelight Concerts

Parking is permitted on Duke of Gloucester in front of the church on Sundays and for weddings, funerals, concerts, the Wednesday Eucharist and Healing Service, and other special occasions. We ask that the parking spaces close to the front or side of the Church be saved for those who are handicapped or those who have difficulty with walking a distance.


Jeffrey Prillaman, Tenor
Charles Lindsey, Jr., Organ

 All Music is by George Frederick Handel (1685–1759) except Pietà Signore, which is by Alessandro Stradella (1639–82).  The Trumpet Tune on Siröe is an arrangement by Charles …

Actions and consequences on the journey

Actions matter, but in the end.. Believers are "good to go" and have nothing to fear. 

We seek relationship with others and with God.  Those relationships are strengthened by every trial, every failure, as well as every "good day".  I, like so many, tend to focus and want every day to be a good day, but that is just not likely to be a reality as long as we are here.  This is a vision of Heaven that I get very excited about.  "a peace that passes all understanding",  and image of the paradise model set forth in the Garden of Eden. 

I am bound by my world, to work, to produce, and to provide for myself, my family and my community. When I make good decisions, and act well, blessings may follow.

My faith reminds me that I am "beloved of God" just as David, was. I am likely to act poorly, and suffer consequences here, but the goal should be the journey, not the goal.

"It’s one of God’s great promises that …

Religious Objectivist

I believe and am a Christian. I believe that God ordains a rational order of self. That self should choose to act accordingly and those outcomes ultimately benefit our fellow man. God is in control but he ordains freewill and freedom requires objectivist reasoning.

Photos above represent my thinking as it was just after 9/11. They were taken by a good friend and showcase creation as it is "managed" by man, and creation as it is "managed" by God. I have hard copies which I plan to frame someday and showcase in my home.

Both have intrinsic beauty, complex structures, and infinite views. Only one is flexible enough to sustain itself over time. God's creation embraces freedom and creativity at its foundation, but not every tree survives, nor does every creature. God's grace provides for that when it comes to man.

We came together today, we just couldn't stay there...912 thinking

Spent some time talking with family last night and we ended up talking about service and action in the world around us. Kids are excited to be serving in THE CLINIC at Huguenot Road Baptist Church today.

I wanted to, but didn't share how I was disappointed that I didn't go to Washington DC for the 912 Project rally. When Alyssa asked me what I was "doing" about all of the things we have talked about in the past months it cut like a hot knife through butter. She was right.. a 12 year old, middle schooler. I need to be focused more on doing, as we all do.

We seek to influence and act through our music and relationships on every front.
The Summer forums were wonderful.
We invested in friends and in our community relationships.
We continue to invest money and time into DaCapoVA because it is the right thing to do. Tracee continues to lead the children's choirs at HRBC. I sent a recording of my performance of America the Beautiful to Glenn Beck, hoping that it might he…

Waves, Incoming

My job opportunities/search of late has led me to think in great depth about what I am seeking for my future. Here is the "short" list.. ;-)
Environment for my family which empowers and inspires them to succeed both individually and collectively.Continuing opportunities to teach, and encourage as well as learn from other adults.Flexibility in my committments which will allow for the continuation of my singing career. Opportunities to innovate and execute transformations in business, religion, and the arts.A thriving, diverse community of friends and supporters.
The world continues to pound me with waves. I pray for the patience and the ability to ride them, bust them, duck under them, and get up after I am knocked down.


For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LOR…

Intersection of ideas in quotes, from friends--seeking more.

From a FB thread today.. favorite quotes from friends regarding the intersection of Politics, Religion and Economics with civility and honor..

Jeff Prillaman
"If we want to bring together what is divided, we cannot do so by imposing one division upon the other or absorbing one division into the other." Thomas Merton

Unity starts with civility and a sense of honor and respect for one another.

Laura Oberdier Pfortmiller
I'm on a Tolstoy kick this week - and this seems appropos: "The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him."

Valerie Bernhardt
There is no true joy in a life lived closed up in the little shell of the self. When you take one step to reach out to people, when you meet with others and share their thoughts and suffe…