Music Notes, January 2018

A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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I just want to thank everyone for an amazing Christmas Eve. Every choir really stepped up and helped to create beautiful services. I had so much fun. It was a life-affirming and emotionally rejuvenating experience. I feel like our community is so spiritually honest. We can celebrate Christ’s incredible love and the wonders of the universe without having to shut off our sense of reality or resort to dogma. Truth matters here, and that means everything.

One truth is becoming poignantly clear these days. Unitarian Universalism, and our seven principles, are among the last bastions of Jesus’ actual teachings. What does this have to do with music? Well, music calms that fear which otherwise can lead to hate; music brings all types of people together; music doesn’t favor the rich; music can help to generate love and facilitate compassion; music can help us jettison our own feelings of darkness and anger; and music humbles us with its seemingly infinite variety. Music is itself the rhetoric of love and togetherness. Yes it can be misused, but most music comes from a place of benevolent inspiration. I think this is perhaps why U.U. Churches use more music than many other spiritual institutions. Our intentions are love-based. And, though music might not cure the world, it can certainly help to maintain our spiritual health. I know that making music with all of you each week helps keep me healthy. I hope the effect is reciprocal.

So often at First Parish I look around and am moved by the palpable goodness of the people here. Nowhere else have I been treated with such kindness. I have to assume we all feel that our hearts are nourished at First Parish. I could really feel it on Christmas Eve, as we celebrated the birth of one of the most liberal and generous teachers of all time. One of our own. I feel like we did it right. We have a really good thing going, and I look forward to seeing and hearing you all every Sunday.

your music director,

Music Notes, December 2017

A note from Steve...          

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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I know I say it all the time, but I'll repeat myself anyway...I love being Music Director at First Parish. I am reminded everyday just how lucky I am to be part of something so good. This community, the staff, and all the music-makers, together create a sanctuary for which I feel intense gratitude.

I need to thank everyone who helped out with the concert on Veterans Day. Thank you Music Committee members for all the logistical support and thank you Dee Halzack for doing the publicity. Thank you to everyone who attended. We raised $1,119 dollars which is being donated to "Homes for Our Troops". The most special moment of the evening was watching the audience give my father, Mario Zocchi, a standing ovation for his service in Korea and Vietnam. It almost made me cry. It made him so happy and he told me it was the most beautiful recognition he's received for his service. Thank you so much for doing that. It was so meaningful for him. I felt overwhelming pride in First Parish and my father simultaneously. So good.

Meetinghouse Ringers deserve an extra thank you for all their hard work. We took the show on the road and performed at Temple Emmanuel on Friday, November 17th, for their New Members Service. The Bell Choir also did a fantastic job here at First Parish on the 12th and also performing the prelude on the 19th. They work really hard and move a lot of gear.

I also need to thank ALL the choirs for their excellent work at the Thanksgiving Ingathering service. I am so proud of all the youth choirs. And I always owe a debt of gratitude to Senior Choir for their contribution to our Church.

The Talent Show/Potluck is coming up, January 20th. Contact Dolores if you are interested in participating. I will be happy to provide musical accompaniment for anyone. It's going to be so much fun. All family-friendly acts are welcome: Singers, Instrumentalists, Comedy, Poetry, Mimes, Jugglers, Magic acts. Show off your talent.

Thank you.

Your music director,

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824