The only instrument I play is my vocal cords, but music is a large part of my soul. We are blessed with a great many talented musicians and singers in our fellowship. About half the membership of our local folk music society are also members of our congregation. It makes for a number of scheduling conflicts, but we benefit from their talents. Cabaret is great fun!
I'm in the choir, and I take voice lessons in between choir rehearsals. The combination works really well, practicing in a group and reinforcing the music individually.
Hello, I'm Melissa. I'm in Kent, OH, at the UU church of Kent in the OMD (Ohio-Meadville District)
We have some crazy musicians at our church. Anyone who goes to OMD SI would probably know Hal, our esteemed music director. I think he can play every instrument ever.
Anyway, I am a musician too, i sing in the choir, depending on what day it is i sing anything from tenor to first soprano, it makes for amusement. I play piano, and I have subbed a service before. I also was a music throy minor in college so I do some arranging and writing, although not too much for church stuff, but i'd like to do more.
One music Sunday, someone at church played Christmas carols on a turkey baster, no lie.
One of my favorite things we've sung in church has been Od Yavoh Shalom (i think that's the right spelling) -- it's a song about peace in a few languages.
I love music and I also like to sign songs, but I don't read music well and don't play any instruments. I'm one of those rare born-UUs and have been in my present church, Davies Memorial in Camp Springs, MD, for 20+ yrs. I go to GA as often as I can and usually sing in the GA choir.
I really enjoyed signing (while singing) "Precious Lord" for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (I consulted with an interpreter and some signing friends to make it more beautiful while also correct). I am planning to sing "Harriet Tubman" with two other ladies, hopefully on Feb. 5. Don't know if I'll sign it. I know I sang it a cappella at the coffee house last year, but don't remember how I signed it. It's a real challenge - both to sing and sign. This will be the first time as a trio and the piano accompaniment doesn't actually play what we sing.
My church is very musical, but most don't spend a lot of time online. There's one other member of my choir on LJ, though. I'll make the announcement about it. I hope it's OK for people to be here who aren't "real musicians" like me but just love music. Knowing UUs, I'm assuming it is.
Hello Jill and all,
My name is David. I've been a UU for about 9 or 10 years, and attend South Valley UU in Salt Lake City, UT.
I've played classical guitar for over 30 years, and as such I am part of the monthly Sunday Services cycle for accompanying hymns and doxologies. As near as I can tell, I am in a pretty small minority of people who do this! I've made guitar adaptations of much of the material in Singing the Living Tradition, although some of the pieces flat-out don't work without the elaborations readily available with a keyboard. But the four-part choral type hymns generally fit the fretboard quite well (with some occasional twists and turns of the voice-leading!)
This is a brand new community that I started after noting that many LJ UU musicians might like a haven to discuss all things music and UU. I hope that joining members will introduce themselves.
My name is Jill, and I'm a pianist in Los Angeles. I'm a member of the UUMN, and am thinking of taking things a step further, and heading to seminary in the near future. My goal? To become a music minister. The UUA supports many music ministers, but my understanding is that it's still a new concept. I come from a long line of ministers and musicians, so I hope that I can help the world with the skills I have. I still have a lot of growing to do, but am ready.
Please be welcome here, and join me in the circle.