Music Notes, October 2018

A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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It’s going to be a very, very good year. All the choirs are already sounding great and they are growing in size. I feel like our community is thriving, and growing as well. I’m excited about the building and I love seeing the changes each week. My office is almost ready to move into and I appreciate that. (My car has been my temporary office, which has helped contain my mess). I look forward to moving into that brand new, immaculate space.

I have the best Church job around, and I’m not going to take it for granted. There is so much fun-work to do, and I’m savoring every moment of it. I am absolutely psyched about the musical possibilities and have never felt more optimistic. I’ve even devised a new strategy to trick my three young children (twin boys are four and a half now, and the “baby” is 19 months) to let me practice at home. “DANCE PARTY!” They run around like maniacs while I get precious piano time. And they will dance to anything from Bach to Jazz. Good times.

In a blink of an eye, the building will be finished, then the year will be over, then two years, then ten. The rush of time cannot be decelerated, but it can be embraced and steered. That is how I view what you have done with the building project. This current generation of First Parish members has successfully and permanently moved the physical presence of First Parish in the direction toward accessibility and compassion for those with mobility issues. You have steered the rush of time and money in the direction of your collective choosing. It’s really remarkable, and I am proud to be associated with you.

Though I look forward to every Sunday, October 7th will be a little extra fun for me. Ellen is allowing me to plan the service with the help of the wonderful Worship Committee. It’s going to be a music-fest centered around the idea of our authentic stories, our real selves. I hope you will attend even though it’s a holiday weekend. Peace.

Your Music Director,
Steve

Music Notes, September 2018

A note from Steve...

Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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As the oppressive air of summer slowly relents to the liberating breaths of fall, I feel new energy and excitement. I can hardly wait to begin another Church year. I look forward to seeing and hearing you all. I crave the weekly cycle of planning and directing the music. I thirst for the sense of community and reminder that humanity is good. I’m sure we are all in need of the positive energy of First Parish right now.

Recently, the mother of one of my students mentioned to me how much the First Parish building looks like her childhood Church. I forget the denomination (not U.U.) but she candidly and politely expressed to me that she no longer goes to Church because she didn't like what she felt was dogma, close-mindedness, and blind faith to unprovable ideas. She went on to say that she just believes in the goodness of people, and love, and the connection between everything in the universe. I jumped at the chance to tell her that she belongs here at First Parish. She did not know that Unitarian Universalists accept people of all faiths and also those of no faith. She didn’t know that agnostic humanists are just as welcome here as the theists of all types. I realized the she would see the Seven Principles as a shocking revelation that indeed there are many others who think as she does. (As did I when I first read them.) The interesting part of the story is that we had misread each other. I think she had assumed I was just another bald, entitled, white male. I, in turn, didn't realize she was so spiritually enlightened, probably because of my own left-leaning snobbery. (Yes that’s a word). And it made me wonder about how many more of us there are out there who simple have not found Unitarian Universalism. I bet there are a hundred million people in the U.S. who could agree with the Seven Principles if they only heard them, spoken clearly and humbly.

But it’s not our style to proselytize; in fact it seems contrary to our commitment to accepting people as they are. But we can share our tremendous love through music. We can sing loudly the Love, the Peace, and the Hope that we know will help heal this injured world. And that we shall do.

p.s. Remember you can contact me anytime if you have any interest in, or questions about, any of the music groups at First Parish. Maybe you've discovered a life-affirming song which you think might work at Church. Share it with me. I’d love to hear it.

Your Music Director,
Steve

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Chelmsford MA 01824

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