On the importance of listening:
On his dislike of music on headphones:
These passages captured my attention this past weekend.
The second quote made me wonder: how often do we (individually or as a culture) sing in our daily lives? We had coffee with an old, dear friend who told us about his life-changing trips to South Africa. He talked about how musical their culture was, how spontaneous outbreaks of singing occurred regularly. When you listen with headphones (and I do) the aspect of community is removed from the listening experience. Individualism wins and connectedness loses. At the wedding reception in California, the DJ played old songs; what fun to lean in to the person next to you and croon the song together. There is power in singing together.
I think that is why the singing at our church is so potent: everyone sings with gusto and singing together is better than singing alone.
When is the last time you sang aloud?
*photo is my mom’s brother Gordon and my husband Curt talking and listening at a rendezvous last year