Good Shepherd Sunday

I maintain that those of us who are spiritually fed by liturgical worship traditions – namely Roman Catholics, Episcopalians/Anglicans, and Lutherans – prefer worship when things do not change. The magic words in church life are, “But we’ve always done it that way.” Likewise, the Jewish and Eastern Orthodox traditions are also wonderfully constant in style of worship. I loved my years as a temple organist. At the risk of repeating myself in this blog, eac... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Musical chestnuts or musical gems

I once wrote a blog entry about those tunes that we cannot get out of our heads, better known as “earworms.” But what about those pieces that we regard as the most beloved of a specific musical genre, which my college organ professor called “gems of the literature?” And then there are those compositions that we love to play, program, or listen to, perhaps to the point of overkill that they become “musical chestnuts.” To support my claim, Merriam-Webster ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Believe it when you see it

Perhaps one of the positives of physical distancing these days is the amount of quiet time in which we have available to think or reflect. Or for extroverts like yours truly, perhaps not. Either way, between working from home with two laptops and a mobile phone, and between trying to not do the laundry when only five articles of clothing are dirty, I am spending a lot of time reflecting. If the reflecting does not morph into frantically long lists of things to do, I seem to be okay. H... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Great Three Days

Though I swore I would not write a COVID-19 blog entry, I did so last week, referencing the rebooting of the organ and the nave. As I am occasionally sneaking to the church to practice, the new acoustics in the nave are fantastic, and I cannot wait to hear congregational singing in the space! COVID-19 is teaching us (me) patience, if nothing. In the midst of personal distancing, self-quarantining, Zoom meetings, Zoom choir “rehearsals,” grocery internet orders, toilet paper hoa... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, April 8, 2020