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…

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Woodland Dance        W. Zeitler [PIANO] “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Improvisation [ORGAN] Robert Robinson (1735-1790) had a rough beginning. His father died when he was aged five, but his maternal grandfather, Robert Wilkin, a wealthy gentleman of Mildenhall, who had never reconciled himself to his daughter’s lowly marriage, disinherited his grandson…

Coping with happiness

A Pentecost Prelude       C. Callahan [ORGAN + FLUTE] Susan Addington, Flute Meditation on “Jerusalem” [ORGAN] Improvisation [ORGAN] Who has trouble coping with happiness? The challenge is how to cope with adversity — when difficulty or calamity befalls, or we see Injustice we feel called to address. One classic approach was articulated by the…

Isaac Watts & “Jesus Shall Reign”

Prelude in C BWV 547    J.S. Bach [ORGAN] Meditation on “Jesus Shall Reign” [ORGAN] Improvisation [ORGAN] Being Ascension Sunday, I thought a Big Bach organ piece was in order. He builds this particular piece on a slight variation of ascending scale, namely Do Re Mi | Mi Fa So | So La Ti |…

Proofs for the Existence of God

Sanctuary of Faith                 W. Zeitler [PIANO] Musing on “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” [ORGAN] The Order of Chivalry: Justice & the Knight’s Sword [ORGAN] In a previous Music Box I mentioned that Kurt Gödel (1906-1978, whom Einstein said was the greatest logician since Aristotle) developed a proof for…

Hildegard von Bingen

O Virtus Sapiente (“O Power of Wisdom”) Hildegard of Bingen (c.1098-1179) [PIANO] Susan Addington – Flute [THIS TEXT GOES WITH THE PRELUDE] O power of Wisdom who circles circling, enclosing all in one life-giving journey, you have three wings: one soars into heaven, and another draws moisture from the earth, and the third lies everywhere….

Kurt Godel (Part 2)

Last week I talked about Kurt Gödel (1906-1978), whom Einstein said was “the greatest logician since Aristotle.” Amongst Gödel’s papers found after he passed was a proof for the existence of God. I’ve been asked to expand on that, so, sure, I’ll do my best! But first, more context will be helpful. In my mind…

Kurt Gödel

“A Day Dawns”              W. Zeitler [Piano] Order of Chivalry: Truth        W. Zeitler [Organ] One of the major mathematicians of the 20th century was Kurt Gödel (1906–1978), who dropped a major thought bomb right in the middle of mathematics much like Einstein (1879-1955) dropped one in the…

The Passing of an Icon

Prelude in Bm (BWV 544) J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Fugue in Bm Scholars say that the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) — in terms of percentage of the population that perished — was the deadliest in European history. It was a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. Some of that was religious ideology. Meanwhile, some kings and…