Unexpected Message

I played piano for church yesterday. It was the First Sunday of Advent, so I was excited. I needed three pieces of incidental music (prelude, voluntary, and postlude), and could now use Advent tunes! Yay!

For the postlude, I decided I would look through my choir music samples to see if I could find something suitable. I did, but along the way I stumbled across a choral arrangement of “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”. The song is in the CPH children’s hymnal, but this music pre-dates that.

The music had this note on it:

It says: “This was accompanied on an electric keyboard with a ‘bongo-sound’ setting at Trinity. Enchanting! Keep the music.” It’s my dad’s handwriting

The last sentence obviously just meant I should keep this copy of music, but I was struck with a metaphorical meaning.

Since I left my first Baltimore school, I’ve struggled a little with music. Back then, directing music groups seemed easy. Kids could learn parts, adult groups were well-established and motivated… Now, I sometimes wonder if I should just leave the music stuff and do other things.

But when I read “Keep the music”, it seemed like an encouragement. I remembered that my dad stayed involved with music through all the life changes he experienced. Maybe I’ll keep with it too.

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2 Responses to Unexpected Message

  1. Aunt Linda says:

    I would’ve taken that literally…like Save the Music. Missing him too Brad. Love you!

  2. Lauren says:

    “Right in the feels.” Your dad was an awesome musician and teacher, just like his son. Fight the good fight! <3

    Jesu, Jesu – fill us with your love, teach us how to serve the neighbors we have in you…..”

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