“Music is what lies in the space between the notes.”
The composer Claude Debussey is credited with having said that — this idea that how we hear deeply depends on that space between the notes. It reminds me of the words of the Jewish theologian and philosopher, Martin Buber, who said the place where we experience God most deeply is in that space of vulnerability and openness between us.
Each of us individually can certainly make a lot of noise — sometimes distinctive, sometimes enticing — and sometimes just self-centered and noisy. But the music we make, when it becomes less about me and more about us, when we come together honestly, can be truly harmonic and transcendent. When we celebrate God with hymn and song and whistle and dance (Psalm 150), we celebrate the very ground of our existence.
In the movie “The Soloist,” a New York journalist in search of a great human interest story discovers a homeless but talented, schizophrenic cellist to write about. But in the process, he learns more about life and himself than he’d intended. At one point, the homeless cellist, Nathaniel, tells the journalist, Steve Lopez, “A friend is someone who inspires, who challenges, who sends you in search of some truer sense of yourself.” Of course, the subtext to the movie is that music has a way of doing that, too — of expressing the deeper, more vulnerable truths about ourselves.
This Sunday, in eleven:eleven celebration, we will be celebrating the gifts of music and the deep friendship of our talented cellist, Dace Sultanov. Originally from Latvia and coming to the U.S. with her late husband, Alexei (Van Cliburn pianist/winner), Dace has been with us at FUMCFW for more than 10 years. Her generous and joyful attitude, like her music, continues to inspire many of us individually as well as in our worship together.
I hope you can join us as we share stories of music and celebrate the music of our amazing cellist, Dace Sultanov!
“Dace Sultanov Sunday”
April 23, 11:11 am
Rev. Tom McDermott
Featuring cellist Dace Sultanov, pianist Aileen Hummel, and the Revolution Band with music from classical music composers to rock!
See you Sunday!
P.S. Come to First Talks this Sunday at 9:30 am for . . .
Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350
“Near Normal Man”
Awarding-winning video about a Holocaust survivor who kept his faith in human kindness and led a resistance to a planned march by Nazis in Skokie, Ill., in 1978