Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Love Thyself



2 Cor. 1:4: "...who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

It has been said that "you can't give what you don't have;" this thus explaining why we must love ourselves before we can love others, and presumably in this case why we must be able to comfort ourselves before we can comfort others.  But that is an unBiblical interpretation of a potentially true statement; "you can't give what you don't have" is true indeed, and we cannot give to ourselves what we do not have within ourselves any more than we can give it to others.

What's more, Scripture never says "love thyself."  We already love ourselves too much; learning to love myself is learning to be selfish, and that doesn't help anyone.  That's not really love at all.

No, we cannot give what we do not have; we must ask it of God, and as He loves us, we can love, and as He comforts us, we can comfort.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Desire and Reality



When I write music, many times I can hear in my head what I want the music to sound like.  I'll get excited, hardly able to bear the fact that before I can write the glorious conclusion that's already ringing out in my mind I have to write all of the music that will get me from where I am now to where I want to be then.  There is a gap, however temporary it may be, between my concept and the realization of that concept.

I was thinking about this yesterday, in light of all of the attempts to get computers to better understand us; maybe one day they'll get to the point where they are installed in our brains and all we have to do is think and they will do what we are thinking.  (Not saying I would want this to happen...)

So much of technology works to shorten that gap, and the shorter that gap becomes, the more powerful the person with the idea becomes; the less there is to overcome in bridging desire and reality, the more reality can be conformed to desire.

Yet, even then, the gap remains, because for our concept to be realized we still have to define it, to flesh it out, to make it realizable.  I doubt that Bach had a picture in his mind of "Invention No. 1 in C Major;" he had to figure it out, come up with the melodies, construct the harmonies, analyze the counterpoint.  So even if a computer could realize our thoughts instantly, we are constrained by our own finitude to work over the course of time.  We cannot go directly from concept to realization; we must do some amount of construction in-between.

And this, I think, is part of the power of God; for Him, "My purposes will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure;" "For He spoke, and it came to be."  

For the Almighty King of the universe, there is no gap between desire and reality.  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Music Update

It's been a while since I've posted about my musical happenings.  Well, except for the post right before this.

Over the past month-and-a-half or so, I've had the pleasure of collaborating with friend and fellow composer Bradley Jamrozik on the score to the upcoming Border Watch Films documentary Refracted Glory.

Today we released the first official tastes of the soundtrack- including the first piece I've ever written with live violin.


The LORD blessed me with the opportunity to work with a dear friend, Matthew Duran, on this track; he is a very gifted violinist, and I'm thrilled with the end result of our collaboration.

Also check out Bradley's excellent track, and stay tuned for more updates from the Refracted Glory team!