Lots of blogs talk about what the blogger is listening too “right now.” I went through a phase a few years ago where I only listen to Shane and Shane, particularly their “Upstairs” CD which had me totally captured. Since then it’s been kinda nominal as far as obsessively listening to certain music or musicians.
That’s actually a bit out of my character since I have been known to obsess about things in spurts. I might be stuck in a “thing” for a while and then get bored and look for the next obsession to brood over.
Then a while back I watched a movie. Nothing unusual about that since I watch lots of movies. It’s a great film and I would recomend it do anybody who enjoys history, pirates, and the commraderie of men. The film was Master and Commander and the film score features Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach.
Now I’ve had Yo-Yo’s cello playing Bach Suites in my CD Player before the movie came out but something about the two of them together triggered a note in me and I’ve craved the music obsessively ever since; especially the prelude in G major.
I listened this morning again and found myself in such awe and amazement at the simplicity and complexity of the piece. Bach was truly inspired. There’s this dual sided kind of expression in the piece, with large intervals that speak to me of the contrast between what I want and what God wants for me. A kind of struggle of the heart that I identify with. Like Paul in Romans, willing but weak to perform good and deny the flesh. And so, I am brought to tears as I listen and the more I listen the more I hear in the piece. It’s only 2:22 minutes long and leaves me wanting more each time. So, I put it on repeat in my iTunes and hide in the piece as the Lord speaks to me in every note ultimately, like the music, finding joy in the end.
Thank YOU LORD for the talent and gifts you bestowed on Johann Sebastian Bach. I’m so glad that he acknowledged his life and music were a gift from you.
SDG – Soli Deo Gloria
J S Bach appended these initials at the end of each of his Cantatas scores.
Soli Deo Gloria, to the Glory of God alone,
they signified his deep devotion and desire to serve God through his music. (ref)