Category Archives: contemporary worship

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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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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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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drawing the circle wider, or, what is it about the third principle that’s hard to understand?

This was the third year I’ve played in the UUA General Assembly “house band”. It’s a wonderful experience – exhilirating and exhausting, as a meaningful experience ought to be. Every year I’ve been to GA, the music has gotten a … Continue reading

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Plato on music

A poster for your music room. (From a long and amazing series of inspirational illustrations by Gavin Aung Than – highly recommended.)

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