Is this thing on?

May 13, 2008

Well. Here we are. Late to the party, as usual. No doubt Blogging will be passe' by the time this gets posted. I've been wanting to start a blog for years, but I was involved in Web Development and Strategy for a living for so long that I simply didn't want to do anything web-related for fun.

But now that I'm out of that business, I can maybe give this a shot!

There's an introduction to me and this blog around here someplace, if you'd like to take a look.

Tonight's Tuesday, which means Choir Practice. I am Music Director at this church. The denomination is Metropolitan Community Churches, which is a Progressive, Inclusive, Christian organization founded by LGBT people.

This isn't going to be a religious blog, but my church work is a big part of my life, so it's going to come up.

The members of the church come from a variety of religious traditions, usually because they were kicked out or didn't feel comfortable there as LGBT people. So we've got Catholics, Protestants, Jews, a Zoroastrian, some Buddhists, Evangelicals of every sort, and more.

So being the Music Director there is a blast, because we draw music from everywhere. It's completely eclectic. We do broadway musicals, antiphonic music, traditional hymns, contemporary Praise & Worship music, African-American spirituals, Taize' music, African chants, and original music written and composed by yours truly.

This summer, we're doing a Musical Heritage Series, where choir members bring different songs from their own pasts and musical traditions and we learn them and perform them.

Here's what we're working on tonight:

O Magnum Mysterium

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (We'll do this one in German)

Hold On, Help is on the Way

I love my job. That's all for now. More soon!

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