Showing posts from November, 2010

Choosing a side is not a solution

Bush did it. Obama did it. Carter did it. Reagan did it. Clinton did it. Since we elected them.. in reality, WE ALL DID IT.. whatever it is...

The blame game is useless even if it can be amusing.  We look back too much and we barely even look at where we are. When we do, we end up fighting among ourselves rather than seeking a route forward, together.  American's capacity to only seek out views and consume news and analysis which support a single sided agenda is terrifying.  Self selecting "spin" and lack of diversity is dangerous for the future of all. Civil discourse honor and a "bipartisan" approach to our future is possible.. even today. 

Open debate, and disciplinedprocesses lead to decisions and then consequences. Strength for all of us comes from diversity of ideology blended with strong leadership and action. 

Actions must generate results not rhetoric. All we can know for sure is that the leadership and actions of the past got us where we are today... &qu…

Ministry Moments - wondrous, joyous, mundane

This morning begins much as many before it.  A fresh day with all of the challenges and opportunities I am accustomed to "managing".  Yesterday was a good day. It was a blessing to perform as an artist, using the pieces of me which God created and refined through so many days gone by in the years past.

Sacred Home was a worship journey.. and as such, it can never be complete but here are some moments I want to remember.

Staples had a cold.. so while we could make intimate music with him.. he was off limits for "touching"The power emanating from the piano in Postlude.purity of the sounds in the soaring of Heidi's Water is wide.The build and release of the lines in Pieta Signoreaudience members mouthing the word "Jerusalem" in the Holy City... as I told the story mixing up children and angels.. perhaps that is because they are interchangeable? The diversity of the soundscape generated in each set. unconventional to be sure, but it worked by showcasing t…

Program to be proud of...Sacred Home

SACRED HOME Presented at Second Sunday South of the James at Bon Air Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 4pm.

God fully expects the church of Jesus Christ to prove itself a miraculous group in the very midst of a hostile world.  Christians, of necessity, must be in contact with the world but in being and spirit ought to  be separated from the world. --- and as such we should be the most amazing people in the world.  A W Tozer 1897-1963

“If with all your hearts”  Recitative & Aria from Elijah  Felix Mendelssohn
“Simple song” from Mass Leonard Bernstein
The Water is wide arr. Brant Adams

I am a part of Your living body, Lord Jesus, Fill me afresh with Your Spirit and open my eyes of faith so that I might understand not just in theory, but in day to day living, what it means to be a part of your body.  Teach me to think Your thoughts, to see with Your eyes, to hear with Your ears---to live and move and have my very existence in You.

Pieta Signore att. A. Strade…

Right person, right time?

Watching Babylon 5 on Netflix last night, I enjoyed episode 21 "Comes the Inquisitor" in season 2 where Delenn is interrogated by the "inquisitor" and asked repeatedly "who are you?"  She gives all the answers you would expect, name,  rank, serial #,  family, religion, race... and none are correct.  In a sadistic turn, she is punished "nearly to death" by a cruel interrogator who is himself being punished.  This episode is a microcosm of the brilliant writing on this television show.  perhaps overreaching at time in tone and rhetoric, but the relevance is shocking even when applied to our culture today.. 15 years later..  In the end, Delenn is Delenn, the most important and at the same time the least important. Her authority, identity and power are drawn from her mission and as she says.. "if I fall, another will take my place" she is willing to sacrifice herself for life... one or many.. the number don't matter... fame and positio…

VaTenor bridges music and ministry "to the Rivah" in Richmond

YOU ARE INVITED  to Sacred Home

Please come out and join the artists in a special "music as worship" exploration! 

Lyric tenor, Jeff Prillaman will return to theSecond Sunday South of the James concert series at Bon Air Presbyterian Church on Nov 14 at 4pm.

He will be joined by friends and local favorites Flutist, Heidi Thurmond and Pianist, Charles Staples for an afternoon exploring the integration of worship and music through favorite classical songs and arias and exciting new works by American composers Dr. Charles Hulin IV and Brant Adams.

"Sacred Home" was conceived as part of a collaboration with Dr. Hulin at the Lasker Summer Music Festival in the world premiere of the new cycle "Come thou fount" written specifically for Mr. Prillaman.  The cycle blends traditional sacred harp hymn tunes with a fresh, powerful approach to the music and the message, effectively leveraging the sweeping lines, power and ranges of vocal color which are the hallmarks of M…

Every once in a while Google scares me..

These quotes are just perfect for what I'm thinking today.. That scares me more than a little.

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
  - Ronald Reagan Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.
  - Gertrude Stein Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
  - Soren Kierkegaard There are only two ways of telling the complete truth--anonymously and posthumously.
  - Thomas Sowell It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.'
  - Sam Levenson

Personal attack is okay.. this is the internet...

Yet another sad FB commentary ensued after a friend posted this article  from HUFFPO: I'm capturing the conversation here so I'll remember it, and read it.. repeatedly.. reminding myself that personal attack/judgement is the last refuge of a lost debate, or an ill equipped debater. -- whether it is in person or on the internet matters not...

Highlights from the conversation are below...

JEFF: Freedom of speech much? Article misrepresents the entire affair and would be better targeted at the Huffington Post or NPR..

"When a journalist takes a job at the Huffington Post or NPR, does the agreement state he or she must throw out all objectivity and spin every word to support the "liberal" agenda?" -- YES and if they speak out about a personal fear and demonstrate honesty and transparency in a "liberal politically correct" society, they will be summarily fired.. despite there true beliefs, body of work... reality.. etc.. Clearly freedom is not free and sp…