Friday, February 25, 2005

Graduate School

Why do we push ourselves beyond what is reasonable? Why do we keep pushing us farther and further than we need to go?

In two and one-half weeks time, I applied for graduate school, got 4 letters of recommendation, wrote a 4 page "faith statement," and applied for scholarships. That was in addition to the normal Lent things plus crashing a vehicle and getting that fixed. Oi!

What is your statement of faith or even your statement of whom you are at this moment? Who helped make you whom you are? Many of us would start with our parents, but then the list could be rather varied.

As I was writing this statement, I started telling stories that I had not thought about for years and the subjects were people I hadn't thought actually made a difference in my life. Camp counselors, substitute teachers and interim pastors all made the list. All of these people made a difference in my life, but will never know that.

I guess I have a long list of people to call after my Monday audition. Peace.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Lamb of God

F. Melius Christiansen arranged "O Lamm Gottes unschulding" into a choral setting. It's a beautiful piece, I recommend trying it out. St Olaf Choir has a recording of this piece on their new "Great Hymns of Faith, vol. 2."

The reason I'm writing this is that I am procrastinating doing a few things: 1. Studying that score for my conducting audition one week from today. 2. Calling a former music director to be a reference for said audition. The reference is due on Friday, so time is quite important, and I'm sure he would be willing to write it, I guess I'm nervous so my procrastination is due to that.

Which leads to the question: why do we procrastinate that which makes us nervous?

This audition, whether I am accepted or not, will teach me many things. Obviously, how to audition, but it will give me an opportunity to work with a choir that may be the best choir I have ever heard -- the St. Olaf Choir. Now I'm not certain that I will be conducting them, but there is a good chance.

Peace.

The premier post!

This is the first of many attempts at blogging. I'll put a little bit of wisdom with my rants, I hope this is interesting to you all.