The Dance of Life and Death

In many cases, seeming opposites are actually ‘dance partners’ in the never ending flow of the Cosmos. Protons are positively charged, electrons negatively so, and their balanced pairing is what holds atoms together and makes all the matter in the universe possible. The force of gravity by the Sun on our planet is balanced by…

Mystery

Here in the West we tend to think that we largely have The World figured out — well enough to live comfortable, predictable and safe lives — that WE are in control. And that Mystery and Paradox are exceptions, outliers, ‘not the norm’. Anymore I wonder if we have that backwards, that Mystery and Paradox…

I Am the Resurrection

Lotus Moon                          W. Zeitler Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Postlude The statement “I am ” is trickier than appears on first glance. When you say “I AM <X>” you’re saying that <X> is part of your essence. The word “Essence” is from…

Lux Aeterna

I read an article this week by Ethan Siegel Ph.D., astrophysicist, writing about photons. He notes that in our expanding Universe, for billion upon billions of years, the photon seems to be one of the very few particle types that has an apparently infinite lifetime. Photons are the quanta that make up light, and in…

The Alchemical Crucible

The Alchemical Crucible                            W. Zeitler [ORGAN] (a new piece) Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven Chivalrous Virtues: Hope and the Knight’s Dagger                     W. Zeitler Alchemy is described as a medieval forerunner of…

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Reflections on “Jesus Loves Me” W. Zeitler [piano] “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” Improvisation The verses to ‘Jesus Loves Me’ were written by Anna Bartlett Warner (1827 –1915). Anna’s father was Henry Warner, a wealthy New York City lawyer. When he lost most of his fortune in the 1837 depression,…

Trio Sonatas

Trio Sonata in Cm, 1st movement J.S.Bach (1685-1750) [ORGAN] “Christ, Whose Glory Fills The Skies Chivalrous Virtues: Confidence & the Horse’s Saddle W. Zeitler As we have seen in previous Music Boxes, a 35-year-old Bach, away performing, came home to discover that his wife Maria Barbara (1684–1720) had died and was already buried. After this,…

Telemann

Sonata in G: Cantabile & Allegro    Telemann (1681-1767) [FLUTE & PIANO? HARPSICHORD?] Susan Addington, Flute “When In Our Music God is Glorified” The Order of Chivalry: Reason & the Horse’s Shaffron     W. Zeitler [ORGAN] Georg Phillip Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer…

Hymns

Variations on “My Country, Tis of Thee”      L. Beethoven (1770-1827) [PIANO] “When In Our Music God is Glorified”    [ORGAN — note: offertory and postlude are ALWAYS organ, due to the logistics of me running up and down the stairs.] “All Glory, Laud and Honor”      arr. J.S. Bach [ORGAN] with Curtiss…

Sources and Sinks

“The Laughing Sage”      W. Zeitler [PIANO] “Oh, My Soul, Bless Your Redeemer” Improvisation [ORGAN] In electronics there is the concept of ‘sources’ and ‘sinks’. An electronics ‘source’ provides current to a circuit (for example, a battery), while a ‘sink’ consumes electricity (for example, a light bulb). I think this concept can also be…