“Still Waters”, from “Creation: A Musical Tapestry”, a Forte Friday Post

"Still Waters" . . . a place of peace What do you think of when you hear, "Still Waters"? Do you think of a pond where there is no movement at all of the water? Or, do you see a gently moving stream? According to Merriam-Webster, still waters is defined as "a part of a stream where no current is visible". It doesn't say there is NO current, as in a pond. It does say the current is not "visible". There is movement of the water, but it is so subtle, the eye can't discern it. The Benson Commentary refers to the still waters in Hebrew (מי מנוכת, mee menuchoth) as "waters of rests, or refreshments: quiet and gentle waters, running in small and shallow channels". What a peaceful picture this paints in one's mind! The Commentary goes on to say … [Read more...]

“Heaven” . . . a Forte Friday post

"Heaven", for Forte Friday . . . For my second Forte Friday post, I'm sharing my song, "Heaven", from my first album, "Creation: A Musical Tapestry". As I stated in the post last week, this album musically depicts the creation story as recorded in Genesis 1. "Heaven" is the first song in my "Creation: A Musical Tapestry" CD. All songs were written and recorded by me--the piano part--and orchestrations were by Charles M. Barnes. "Heaven" in Genesis 1:1 . . .  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (KJV) Genesis 1:1 When you think about heaven, what thoughts or images come to your mind? Do you think of God? Or, do angels come to your mind? What about the planets, stars and the universe? Do you look at the sky and … [Read more...]

“Creation: A Musical Tapestry”, a Forte Friday Post!

Creation, the beginning and the end . . . September 21-22, 2017 was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It actually began at sundown the night before, September 20. During this holiday, the focus is on creation, actually beginning, as I understand it, on the sixth day, the creation of man. This holiday is believed to be the birthday of the universe, the day God created Adam and Eve. In nature, or creation, the Jews see life expressed in the seed, the sun, and the waters of the earth--all potential life sources. The seed is considered the symbol of fruitfulness of life. If you think about it, everything in life begins with a seed . . . life itself, imaginations, relationships. And from the beginning of creation, there has been "seedtime … [Read more...]