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Contemporary Music and Worship Director (retired), First Unitarian, Albuquerque NM

shake it up

Not saying that UU music is a “barren tradition” (nor was European romanticism, for that matter), but remembering that occasionally every tradition needs a little shaking up to keep things fresh.

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people these days don’t sing. right?

This just in from UU music director Jed Levine: Here are a bunch of young people, clearly having fun, and sounding great. No sheet music, no prior rehearsals, no advance notice of the piece. This happens in a bar in … Continue reading

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your brain and music

Answering the “chicken or the egg” question about music and language, here’s an article that will make you sit and think “whoa … really?” Take a few minutes to read it and feel great about having music in your head! … Continue reading

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Soulful Sundown

Here’s the order of service from a Soulful Sundown worship I attended a couple of months ago at Shelter Rock Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Long Island, NY. It was part of a full Friday night for UUs, with dinner in … Continue reading

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my apologies

It seems that WordPress has decided to monetize me by inserting advertisements at the end of each post. Let me repeat: their ad gets the last word when you are reading my posts. Of course, the chances that these will … Continue reading

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the pistol is the devil’s right hand

Sunday I sang Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand”. I like this song because it tells an interesting story and makes its point in a subtle way. The point, as I see it, is that “to a kid with a … Continue reading

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chords for Singing the Living Tradition

Here’s a reminder: last year several members of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network (UUMN) contributed to a document containing chord symbols for a goodly number of hymns in “Singing the Living Tradition”. If your congregation has a guitarist, or keyboard … Continue reading

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