Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Jazz up your life
Our choir director suggested a Dixieland Music Day last year. Everyone is in kind of an up mood with Super Bowl Fever. This year it was so powerful. America's unique art form consists of an ensemble group carrying a rhythm with individual instrument improvise upon that music with their individual talents, the improvisation was called "jazzing it up" and it spead from New Orleans to Memphis, Chicago, and New York in the first decade of the last century.
When applied to a hymn it can raised the emotions and envelope you in the drama of the song. We did Softly and Tenderly, Nearer my God to Thee, and of Course When the Saint and Battle Hymns. Our musicians were very talented and very innovative. The choir pieces celebrated a number of negro spirituals and southern gospel greats.
I mentioned that jazz celebrates the hope that sustains us through trial and suffering and that we are responsible to discover the joy unspeakable that is ours in Christ, to give our own unique voice to the problems we face and the way we respond.