Articles and thoughts by Steve Green.
For some people music is just background filler. They never really listen. There is music that is created for that purpose. It’s called elevator music, and it tends to be sappy, mindless and bland.
Maybe it’s because I’m part melancholy, part creative artist, and passionate about life, that when I listen to music I really listen, taking in every nuance. There is great music to fit every ear and preference, every situation in life. Music is a companion in sorrow, an expression of joy, an articulation of the heart when words fail, a soothing balm to the aching heart and soaring strains that feed our longing for a beauty that will only be realized in the new heaven and new earth.
Here are few favorites:
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – “More Than Enough” from ‘God Is Working’ CD (I remember hearing this for the first time while visiting Brooklyn Tab and being deeply moved by the all sufficiency of our God.)
Joshua Bell – “The Swan” – from ‘Romance of the Violin’ CD (A piece for cello, but great on the violin.)
Yo-Yo Ma – “Main Theme From Casualties of War” – from Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone CD (The whole CD is great.)
Rob Mathes – “This Winter” – from ‘Orchestral Songs’ CD (Rob has orchestrated several things for me over the years. He is brilliant. This song speaks of the staying power of love through thick and thin.)
Philippe Rombi – “Théme de l’absence” – from ‘Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël) Soundtrack’ CD (A 7 minute piece that is worth the price of the whole CD.)
U.S. Military Academy Glee Club – “Mansions of the Lord” – from ‘We Were Soldiers” Soundtrack.
I also listen to happy, up music! Really!
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