Music Notes, January 2019

A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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Has this ever happened to you? You reach to your radio (or other sound emitting device) to turn off the music, and you realize it’s not even on; that your brain was playing the music without your conscious knowledge. This happens to me frequently during the holiday season. You see, at my house, the holiday music begins the first of November and goes through January. It is my spouse who puts the music on, and I reach to turn it off. Countless renditions of The Christmas Song and Holly Jolly Christmas fill the air like viruses, ready to invade the already overwhelmed mind of any nearby, hapless victim. And so many of these holiday tunes have hooks and barbs which stick in the mind; interminable music prions which eat away at sanity faster even than politics. Case in point, just reading the words “Feliz Navidad” can cause that song to play in a continuous loop in ones brain. (Your welcome.) Ultimately, this results in a condition I am calling, Interminable Music Syndrome. And, the main symptom is hearing music that is not actually being played, simply because you've heard it, and played it, a thousand times. First World problem I know. The good news is that there is a cure. Church!

At Church we have preserved the tradition of using the best music of the season. Church Christmas Carols and anthems, sung from the heart, are the remedy for the pure commercialism of the holiday music business. The Christmas Eve service at First Parish reverses the adverse effects of months of Interminable Music Syndrome for me. I appreciate the awesome privilege and pleasure it is to be part of the music for those big services. And I am only a small part. It is the time, talent, and energy which all the choirs members and music participants (congregation included) give to the music that makes it so great. Any music director at First Parish is like a tiny surfer riding out the massive wave of music that rushes from such a musical community.

Many thanks to all who make First Parish possible. Every one of you.

Your music director,
Steve

Music Notes, December 2018

A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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Well here we are, already heading into Christmas. It seems that every time I blink a week goes by. The only time I am even vaguely mindful of time is during Church. I am so grateful for that one hour per week of calm awareness. It resets the soul and prepares one for another blurry week. Those moments of deliberate and directed thought set the tone for a greater sense of patience, kindness. love, and compassion. First Parish heals the wounds of the heart which we incur in our daily adventures.

I am so proud of all the choirs for their hard work. The youth choirs are extremely capable and learn quickly. The Thanksgiving Intergenerational service was wonderful, even without as much rehearsal time as I would normally like. The choirs worked efficiently and did a great job. This is an excellent year so far for our music program. We have a lot of talent at every age level. Also, I need to express my total gratitude for Senior Choir and The Meetinghouse Ringers. It is such a pleasure to work with all of you. Thank you for making my job so enjoyable. And I thank everyone in our Church family for your eclectic musical tastes, openness to all heartfelt music, and the kindness you share every week.

With gratitude,

Your Music Director,
Steve

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First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824

978-256-5133