A note from Steve...
Summer is not my favorite season. Although I have enjoyed extra time with family, meeting beautiful new friends, and the delicious weather, summer always represents a time away from the piano. I prefer the cooler, slightly melancholic days of fall. The changes in weather seem to usher in a season of thoughtful, hard work. Fall feels like a more serious season. It’s a time for contemplation and a time for studying, learning. Perhaps watching the trees becoming dormant makes one more keenly aware of mortality in the fall. And it seems to me that a brave awareness of mortality is a defining feature of a conscious being. For me, consciousness feels more tangible and real in the fall. It is a time to look life in the eyes and not blink; to not miss a moment. No more days wasted mindlessly by the pool. Choirs reunite, instruments get tuned, beach days can be set aside for the more intrinsically pleasing practice days. The art of improvement begins anew.
As this Church year begins I am reminded of why I became a musician in the first place. Love. Love is the purpose of our music-making here at First Parish. It is about love for each other, for our community, for the larger world, and for the universe itself. I sometimes think the overtone series which makes tonality and all music possible is proof of a benevolent cosmos; a gift given to us by the very laws of physics which govern reality. From the miracle of Bach and Mozart to the simplest tune, we can bask in the glory and the love of a universe which we can otherwise hardly even understand at all. And this gift of music which lets us join purposefully together in song is truly a balm for our humanity. It’s that simple, and it’s that important.
Lofty thoughts aside, the real fun is in the details and in the work itself…the rehearsing, the learning, the laughing, the processing. I enjoy working with (and for) you all so much. I look forward to sharing music with all of you every week. It is the highpoint of my week. It is with humility and gratitude that I begin my fourth year as your music director. Thank you.
Your music director,