A note from Steve…

There are so many people to thank at First Parish, and I’m afraid that if I begin a list, I will accidentally omit people. But as the year wraps up, I have to acknowledge again the monumental efforts of the Choirs, rehearsing and recording for our services. I look forward to the time when ALL choir members can join their voices again! And Bells will ring again, of that you can be sure! 

Thank you to the Music Committee. Thank you to all the amazing people I get to work with. Thank you everyone who has participated in the services in any way. Thank you to everyone who has joined church on Sundays from home and kept the heart of this church alive. Thank you to all the great minds at First Parish that coalesce to fix problems. Thank you to our technology wizards, you know who you are. Thank you to everyone who has taught me something this year. Thank you everyone who has done any of those millions of things that have kept us together as a community. And I would be remiss if I did not recognize the work of Kevin Snow. He helped with every zoom rehearsal… every single one. His dedication made my job so much easier as I could focus more on music and less on technological issues. There are too many people to thank, so I’ll stop there…

Anyway, we shouldn’t be shocked that it’s already June. Even as we regroup and lives begin to “normalize”, time-perception still seems to be altered. And I’ll be honest… I like it. For some of us, prepandemic life had forced us into routines filled with too many comfortable wastes-of-time, i.e. commutes, mismanaged down time, etc. Routine, even when wasteful, breeds comfort; and comfort is kryptonite for creativity. We all have a new, probably more creative relationship with time now. I can’t wait to see the results as we begin more direct collaborations, expressing our new selves. We are all bringing new angles of perception and experience that none of us could have imagined before. It is fascinating. We humbly renew our relationships with those for whom we cared so much before the pandemic. And, we also get the added enjoyment of catching up with everyone’s changes. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe human behavior, especially our own, under these bizarre circumstances. It will be interesting to realign our social protocols, especially as they relate to time.

The other day, one of my sons was trying to convince me that the best time to eat cake, is RIGHT NOW. His logic was flawless, but it seemed like an opportunity for me to expound upon the virtues of patience and delaying gratification. I made the case that, if we waited until later to eat the cake, we would experience that moment as ‘now’, while it occurs. Everything we have ever done, or will ever do, was/will be experienced by us in what we would insist is called the ‘now’. My son’s eyes got wide. He was right. ‘Now’ is the best time to eat chocolate cake. But which now? This ‘now’, or ‘future now’? Luckily, we don’t have to be too concerned with ‘past now’. Recognizing that ‘future him’ would also like to eat cake in that inevitable ‘future now’ made him feel like a time traveler a little bit. After several moments of silence, as I stood in wonder at his brain, my son said the most brilliantly philosophical thing I’ve ever heard…” We can always bake another cake in a future now” .

I look forward to that inevitable ‘future now’ when we can share our energy together in person. (And cake… let’s share chocolate cake too.)

Thank you all so much,
Your Music Director, Steve
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