Friday, October 13, 2006

Psalm 103

I found one of my favorite psalms on The Daily Psalm today. My favorite verses: 2-4, 10. I'm one that has experienced the three promises found in 3-4.

3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit


Sarah LH said...

i wonder when your life was in 'the Pit'...
you've seemed very inspirationally-geared of late. we don't see that side of you often.

David Berg said...

Ok, this is gonna be a little off topic but I really need to say this.

I find it very interesting that a choir with our potential and ability whines, complains, moans, groans, bitches, (pardon my french), {insert other term here}, etc. everytime we work on a difficult classical piece; yet when we work on a more modern piece of similar difficulty we have no complaints. I just get tired of having to listen to people make excuse after excuse about pieces, like "Singet dem Hernn," being too difficult every time we stop singing. The piece is not as difficult as you make it out to be, it just requires a different approach and technique from pieces like "Nunc Dimitis." I find that both are equal in difficulty, but the difficulty lies in different areas. Nunc is difficult because of the closeness of the pitches and the tonal structure, while Singet's difficulty lies in the sheer amount of notes that it contains and that there are very few places to stop and catch your breath. If you really stop to think about it, the piece is only scales and arppeggios, but that's not the issue.

I'm not trying to sound "holier than though," or any other term you might want to use for arrogance. Niether am I saying that I know the piece and have it perfect, just ask Michael Evans. I'm just stating my feelings that we are better than this, and as long as we hold on to this amateur attitude about Singet being to "difficult" we will be held back from reaching our highest potential. I really believe that all it would take for us to knock the Bach out would be for everyone to just take personal reponsiblity to practice the piece on their own, myself definitely included. Also, instead of offering nothing but negativity everytime the piece is brought up, let's just try being positive about it. I am willing to bet that if we try to be positive about it we will get more accomplished and develop at least a more positive attitude concerning not just the Bach, but other pieces of this style.

Philip L. Copeland said...

I think David is probably right . . . there is somewhat of a negative attitude that works against our success on that piece. We will overcome!


Marybeth Verchot said...

Honestly, I'll probably like it more when we know it better. I think a lot of us(or just me) are scared of it. The runs make me die.

It's better than Handel.

Clayton said...

I agree with David to an extent. It is interesting to compare the amount of time we have spent on the Bach vs. the amount of time we have spent on Nunc. We have holy moments in Nunc, but not in the Bach piece. Sit down and figure out those runs. Look up and away from your music, you probably have more of it memorized than you realize!

See ya'll today.

Lindsey Harrison said...

Successfully performing such a piece as the Bach, in the end, is most rewarding. I must agree with all who have commented...we aren't giving something that isn't as gorgeous (or as initially enjoyable) as Nunc the attention it deserves, we are scared, and we do know it better than we think. The quote for my kids last week was "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, isn't an act but a habit." -Aristotle

I think the "repetition thing" is most beneficial.

O and...we rocked some serious socks off on Saturday! Talk about holy moments.