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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Monday, July 02, 2007

Music: God's philanthropic gesture of love

Do you have favorite hymns? Are they your favorites because of their melodies(and/or harmonies) or the lyrics? Do they bring vividly back into your mind a particular time, season, setting, circumstance? It may well be a combination of many factors. Some melodies make our very souls soar, some lyrics bring us to tears of joy or sorrow. Music , it's existance, our ability to create it and interpret it - to me - is one of God's greatest gifts.

I was purchasing some medium-sized wooden CD racks to file recent acquisitions as well as consolidate smaller overflowing containers. I dusted each case off and finally decided to group the CD's in alphabetical order within categories (, I don't have OCD). Here is a sample of the B's: Brahms, Bach, Beethoven, Black Eyed Peas, Basia, Britten, Rob Beckley, Clint Black, Art Blakey, Beatles, Beach Boys, Barnum, Bjork, Jim Brickman, Bartok, David Benoit, Claude Bolling, Boys on the Side & The Bodyguard, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Beck, George Benson, Tony Bennett, Byrd, Bishop, Alison Brown, Julian Bream, Blind Boys of Alabama. In just the "B"s there's pop, rock, bluegrass, country/western, blues, cool and old school jazz, classical, adult contemporary, R & B, Gospel, contemporary Christian praise, Broadway, movie soundtracks. I am a fanatic about music and my taste runs the gamut of musical expression. With or without words, the essence of music quenches a spiritual thirst within me - being at once both evident and intimate.

Isn't music fascinating, invigorating, expressive, emotional, eventful, evocative? What a priceless and plentiful blessing! With that in mind, what would the world be without music? What would the world's faiths be without music?

The Gospel - the good news - was spread by word of mouth, and versions from Greek onward certainly..... yet what if that word had never been paired with music??? What if there were no chant, no psalms, no "Messiah", none of the various requiems or jubilates?

What part does music play in your life and spirituality? Please drop a line either to me here at or add a comment to this post. Write of your recollections, favorite artists, musicians, hymn numbers (and from what source). If you write music, consider sharing a piece of your gift here with us. We will certainly be the richer for it and the blessing will be for each of us! With a song in my heart, DJ


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