A note from Steve...
Steve Zocchi, Music Director
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,