Friday, August 24, 2012

For they shall see eye to eye

If you didn't know it by now, this is an LDS blog and I'm going to get a little preachy today. Sometimes I worry. I try to keep things in an eternal perspective, but it is hard -- because our day to day duties ... well they press.

And I wonder about all the things I study here on earth, will they help me -- in my eternal perspective. Oh let's quit beating around the bush, are there organs in Heaven. Is this all the time I have to learn and play music?

So I'm just about done with the Book of Mormon again and I read in Third Nephi Chapter 16. Christ is quoting Isaiah.

18. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together they sing, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

19. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

And I realized how much the Lord loves to hear his children sing. Just as I love to hear my children sing and play. And thanks to their wonderful teachers, they got an opportunity this week to do just that.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'd play Sally Gooden all day if I could

"I'd play Sally Gooden all day if I could, but the Lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good. So I fiddle when I can and work when I should"

Anyway. I try. To not practice when I shouldn't. But I love it so. The new organ is awesome. I'm totally hooked on Hauptwerk software. Sometimes my organ is an 18th century Norwegian pipe organ. Sometimes it's German baroque. And then there's the crazy times my kids get me to fire up the old Wurlitzer.

I'm a little heartbroken. I read an article on how digital pianos are out selling acoustic pianos so much so that acoustic pianos are being taken to the dump at alarming rates because nobody wants to buy them any more. You can't even give them away. Some companies now specialize in dismantling and disposing of these older instruments.

Both my piano and organ are old. Even though my organ is digital and runs through a computer, it is still at its heart wooden cores and mechanical springs.

It is an old Klann pipe organ console that has been converted to a midi device. The piano next to it is an old upright Steinway. They don't make instruments like that anymore. I have a nice digital piano. I take it with me when I'm on the road. I use it to practice with head phones on. But if I had to choose between my pianos, I'd choose the Steinway hands down. I hate to see this kind of craftsmanship die out :(

PS I totally just blogged from my iPad . I am not a technology hater. Just an art lover.