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Just a reminder...

As artists and creators, we can tend to get caught up in thinking that our significance comes from what we do, produce, create.  This is a slippery slope.  
Unless we are careful, we can feel like we're either worthy or not depending on our last performance - how it was received or accepted - or if our works ever get performed at all. 
Let's not lose sight of the reasons we've been given these gifts - and they ARE gifts.  
We are to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord" - give HIM all the praise, thanksgiving, honor, and glory.
Whether the music you write is "sacred" or "secular" may it all be done to HIS glory.  
This is where our true fulfillment lies.  
This is where our childish egos don't stand a chance.  
This is where we find true meaning, purpose, significance, and worth - in our relationship with Him.
So keep on creating!  Keep on producing!  Keep on working hard!
But remember that you are just a vessel and a steward of the gifts God has given you.  Use them with humility and grace and your reward will be great!  And remember that your deepest identity lies not in your giftedness or talents, but as a child of God.
Replies (10): Threaded | Chronological
on February 6, 2012 7:19am
That's all well and good, Elizabeth, if you believe in the god of the Hebrew scriptures.  Please don't make the assumption that everyone else on this list does.  I have no problem with your beliefs, but I don't think this is the right place to express them; nor is the place to tell others what they should believe.
on February 6, 2012 7:23am
That´s right!
on February 6, 2012 7:23am
That´s right!
on February 6, 2012 9:26am
Thank you, Elizabeth! That was beautiful.
on February 6, 2012 10:39am
To All,
    This is an opportunity to remind everyone that we are a diverse group that represent people from many cultures and faiths.  Please be aware of that when you post.  If your aim is to prosthelytize or convert people to your political or religious beliefs you may be out of line. I enjoyed much of what Elizabeth had to say and will allow it to remain this time.  I welcome statements of faith especially if they are telling us something about your own experience or perceptions pertaining to the art of composition or choral music in general.  Please try to stay away from statements that proclaim that your way is the only way.  
     There is a community on ChoralNet where this post would have been more appropriate.  If you have not checked out Music in Worship you might find a warmer reception for similar statements.  They are quite active, especially of late, and I enjoy being a member there.  You are a welcome and valued member of this community.  I hope you find some of what you are looking for here.
I am left to wonder. If J.S. Bach was a member, what would he post and would I need to have a similar talk with him? 
Jack Senzig
Composers of Choral Music
on February 6, 2012 11:33am
to prosthelytize = to furnish someone with artificial limbs against their will
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Helsinki, Finland
on February 6, 2012 4:23pm
   I was laughing out loud when my students came in the room as I read your response.  I haven't been prosthelytized since that time they put a prosthetic forehead on my real head.  Suddenly I understand lyrics that have baffled me for years. 
on February 6, 2012 11:47am
Bach would find most of our conversations mystifying. He wrote mainly for his own performance, whatever he felt was suitable for the choir to perform, and using whatever performing forces were convenient. It was a given at the time that good church musicians should be able to compose their own choir's music (although Bach also made lots of copies of music by other composers). If any of you has whipped together a hymn arrangement for Sunday morning -- that's what he was doing, just he was really really good at it.
Furthermore, at his time sacred music was considered to belong to God, so church composers didn't consider it ethical to charge for it, or assert copyright ownership of it.
on February 6, 2012 12:59pm
As the guy who is responsible for this whole thing (ChoralNet), I have some thoughts:
1) To Jack: WWJSBD? :-)
2) To Jaakko:  I hope someday soon to be in the same place as you so I can buy you a drink for all the great music and laughs over the years.
3) To all:  If you do not know Jaakko's music and background, you should. He is a fanastic linguist who for years signed his email with "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" in LATIN!
After nearly twenty years of Choralist/ChoralNet, I remain a firm believer in the free, open democracy of the Internet. The only rules we've ever tried to impose were those that maintained civility and respect for all. So, I back Jack.  And Joseph.  And Elizabeth.  And anyone who wants to (respectfully) agree or disagree within the comfort zone of the list owner/administrator (Jack).  His sandbox, his rules.
on February 6, 2012 1:05pm
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