Music Notes, July 2018

A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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For me, summer is a strange blend of joyfulness and agony. Joy comes from the extra time I can spend with my three young sons; Agony comes from the slower rate of musical improvement. My selfish side has no patience for forced procrastination. Homelife with three boys under 5 is never boring of course. It is a maelstrom in a tornado… and interminable vortex of activity pulling and pulling me away from the piano and my musical goals. I am simultaneously overwhelmed with love for my family and frustrated at the constant non-musical work. I’m sure many of you relate to this as it applies to your own work. I mentioned this frustration to my mother and she laughed. “That’s called ‘being a parent’” she wisely said.

But I realize that this blend of emotions is beautiful and necessary; opposite poles on a sphere that cannot exist otherwise. A better metaphor would be the constant, smooth, calculated motion of the opposite ends of a high-wire artist’s balance stick. And these emotions fuse, or balance each other out, when I hear my sons playing with the piano, giggling when it accidentally sounds nice. In those moments I realize that it is their development, not mine, which matters now. And then I push them off the piano bench and play as much as I can before all three of them attack me…

I miss all of you already.
Your music director,
Steve

Music Notes, June 2018

A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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I just want to take a minute and thank you all for another great year. And, I have to admit, Music Appreciation Sunday this year was the most fun I’ve ever had. I’m not embarrassed to say that it was a high point in my life. So many great music-makers and an extremely receptive and supportive congregation make for a really good experience. And this is the coolest congregation in the world. I truly appreciate the pleasure of directing the music program at First Parish and I am always aware of how lucky I am. (I also appreciate the super-generous gift I received on Music Appreciation Sunday… a huge gift certificate to my favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurant. It’s the place my wife Meghan and I went on our first date, and now we bring three kids there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!)

I take inspiration from all of you, particularly the folks of all ages I get to work with musically. But I am also amazed at the time and hard work everyone is putting in for the renovation project. Thank you to everyone offering me help. I feel totally supported. And I am also inspired by Ellen, Dolores, Cindy G., and Leila. What an amazing team. You are ALL amazing.

Gratefully your music director,
Steve

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First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824

978-256-5133