Sunday, June 25, 2006
So, back from mission in Dagenham. I've met some wonderful people and seen that there are still struggling churches that haven't given up yet, and are still willing to make a change despite their average age being well in a pensionable bracket!
So some more thoughts on God and music. Something that has intrigued me... when Bach and some other contemporaries wrote their music, the headed each piece 'AMDG' - Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam...'to the greater glory of God'. What impact does that now have on the contemporary performer and audience? If such a devoted spirituality can write such beautiful music, is there an element of the spiritual in the response of those performing and listening, even in the most secular of settings?
This also raises the question of an audiences' response to what they hear. Is it all to easy to confuse a spiritual repsonse with an emotional one, or to what extent is there a crossover?
I'll let you ponder!