These pics sum it up best (received last week from a student):
Next week is our annual Missions Conference at church. The music for these services is obviously missions-oriented.
I love the music for Missions Conference. The choir songs are outstanding – “Be the One,” “Somebody Cares,” “I Will Go,” and others.
The traditional hymns for missions are also great songs, but they are not my best to play. Probably because I don’t play them all that often. However, sometimes we don’t sing the “traditional” missions songs.
We will see what hymns are picked this time.
Regardless of the hymns or choir songs or special music, our Missions Conference is just a special time of preaching and sharing from all the missionaries who attend.
We have a very sweet spirit in our church and that is evidenced by the love we show our missionaries.
I’m looking forward to another great Missions Conference.
This post is part of a series I’m doing this month called “On-the-Go Pianist.” Click here to see all the posts!
Welcome to On-the-Go Pianist! This will be my page where I list/link my posts for the next 31 days.
I’ll be updating this page each day with the titles and links once they are posted.
Day 1: Intro to On-the-Go Pianist
Day 2: Let the Fun Begin (again)
Day 3: Musical Pop-ups
Day 4: On This Day…25 Years Ago…
Day 5: Friday Fun Fact: Piano Parts
Day 8: Monday Music Quote: Tolstoy
Day 9: Chinese Food and Piano
Day 10: Piano and Cowboy Boots
Day 12: Keeping Piano Lessons Fun
Day 13: Saturday Cartoons
Day 15: Reflections of an Aunt
Day 17: Patience and Persistence
Day 18: Sightreading Tips for Rehearsals
Day 19: Friday Fun Fact: Piano Keys
Day 20: Pic of the Day
Day 21: Falling Asleep at the Piano
Day 22: Monday Madness
Day 24: Payoff of Prepwork
Day 27: Saturday…Best Laid Plans…
Day 28: Pedaling for Hymns
Day 29: Pic of the Day
Day 31: Missions Conference Music
Day 32: Final Thoughts
Huge thanks to The Nester for hosting this exciting link up party! I’ve never done one before, so I’m even more excited!
Be sure to check out the other 31 Days Bloggers, too!
A couple weeks ago, I mentioned on Facebook that I was working on transitions for the upcoming Sunday worship service. I received many questions and comments about how I use transitions and what exactly did I mean by them.
I will attempt to explain here…
First of all, I should let you know that our church likes to have music playing almost at all times. Meaning, there is no empty or quiet space between songs. A typical order of service will have 2-3 worship songs, then a Guest Welcome, then the choir special, then 2 more songs. The piano does not play during the Guest Welcome. That’s it.
(Thankfully, I have the songs loaded on my handy-dandy iPad with the songs in order. See more about that topic here.)
Ok, so, this particular Sunday, the first two songs were “Majesty” (in Bb) and “All Hail the Power” (in G). when I received the order of service the Tuesday before the Sunday, I immediately began to think about how to transition between these two songs. Going from Bb to G is…well…weird. Plus, both songs are such powerful and big songs that I was hesitant to do my usual play-the-minor-ii-chord-to-the-V-chord.
I figured the music director would be speaking a little bit between songs, so I needed to fill that time with something interesting enough that it wouldn’t bring down the energy that was built from the first song.
I couldn’t think of anything. Friday night I sat down at the piano and tried to figure something out. All I could come up with was a 4-bar interlude that used the ii chord to the V, without it being a “basic” introduction. I didn’t think that would give the music director enough time to speak between songs. I wanted at least 8 measures.
Grr…this shouldn’t be this difficult, right?
I didn’t know what to do. Nothing was coming to me.
Then, that Sunday morning while I was getting ready, it hit me. I could use a common note to go from Bb to G.
Here’s what I did…after the end of “Majesty,” I repeated the first line (Majesty, worship His majesty) in Bb. That put me on an Eb chord with G as the melody note. Then I played the same line again in the key of G, starting with a G chord (using the note G as the common note).
Ok…that took up 8 measures of time, and put me in the key of G for “All Hail the Power.” Now I was in the key of G on the IV chord – C. I just walked my bass down to B and walked my RH up to D and played the last three measures of “All Hail the Power” for the introduction.
All in all, 12 measures of interlude. Just enough time for the music director to say his “say.” Seriously, it was just enough time. No more. No less. God is good.
Now, I still did a “basic” introduction, when I really wanted to lead up to the V. But it worked better with the basic introduction, because the people at least had some time to recognize the song.
Also, Bb to G would normally be going down in the modulation, but since I used the line in “Majesty” that went up in the melody and then kept the common note, the modulation actually sounded like I went up instead of down.
I know this was a little tedious, but I wanted to really be specific in explaining this transition.
I will try to address more transitions and modulations in days to come. Until then, let me know your thoughts, questions, etc.
To be completely honest, I am not the biggest fan of Christmas music. However, several aspects of Christmas music reflect this special time of year and endear the familiar songs to myself and others. Let me share these thoughts with you.
1. Children’s choirs
3. The beautiful harmonies found in traditional carols
4. Trying to make old songs sound creative and fresh
5. Vibrant singing from joyful congregations
6. The delight of hearing a new, original Christmas song
7. Hearing some Christ-centered music in worldly, public places
9. Knowing that cantata rehearsals won’t last forever
11. Lots of jingle bells and tambourine sounds in orchestrations
12. The Messiah
13. The mind-blowing Incarnation: the theme that inspires composers and musicians over and over again
These are some of my reasons. What about you? Why do you like Christmas music?