Harvest in Denver- The Poetics of Music

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A poetic piece called “The Poetics of Music” a son wishes his father a “Happy Birthday.” It’s about a father who cared enough about his son going through “writer’s block” to send him a book about discipline and diligence. Scientific process on a daily basis- process, rules, playing through and occasionally getting to a creative breakthroughis what the author, composer Igor Stravinsky’s thesis is in this “lecture,” that Stravinsky called “The Poetics of Music.”

Father and Son

The father and son relationship is stirring since today would have been the father’s 88th Birthday. In Denver this weekend a church that was planted in various places throughout the city will become an official church of the Evangelical Free Church of America. It was through diligence and discipline and intentionality that this church has been impacting Denver and the Front Range of Colorado.

Martin Luther King Audio

In the tapes released of the “lost interview” of Dr. MLK Jr. on NBC.com yesterday Dr. King is heard describing the Civil Rights Movement as being intentional, disciplined and diligent. While this concerned father knew his songwriting son was going through writer’s block at the time he used Stravinsky’s “The Poetics of Music” with his design students at NY Tech where the elder was an Architecture Professor. It was a nice gesture and one that was relayed in a post on community building.

Harvesting in Denver

The definition of success- in marriage and family, at work, our relationships and even faith can be this idea of fruitfulness that requires painful pruning, intentional planting and nourishing. It isn’t always creative? It isn’t always breakthrough ministry or ah-ha moments! It is always diligence and discipline and intentionality and occasionally there is an experience of breakthrough!

Farmers Market

The church and neighborhoods in Denver are examples of friends, neighbors and collaborators. People collaborate on so much more than just a few songs and guitar parts. In our marriages, as parents it may seem like we go through the motions and it is mundane, day to day, daily balance and every once in a while we experience breakthrough that makes it all worthwhile. Through our faith and our care, people who don’t always “feel like it,” never- the- less go through the scientific process that goes from planting, that leads to seedlings, growing up to fruit giving, life giving ministries that populate East Colfax, Broadway, Colorado Boulevard and all the way through the city. Ancient Paths Church Network goes from plant to seedling, and an orchard filled with strong fruit giving trees this Sunday. Pastor Bruce, Richard, Robert and Carrie take it very seriously to reach out to their neighbors, people with Intellectual Disabilities and Veterans on a daily, disciplined, and diligent way. This week is one of those breakthrough moments in the poetics of music. For more information e-mail ancientpathsdenver@juno.com or call Pastor Bruce Duell at  720.690.8900

 

The poetics of music
Poet: Richard Beattie

There are no breakthroughs

on the block, no revenue found in socks,

but everyday, you find a way

diligence.

 

I write notes, you sing words

I see music moving forward

but you see me and you

relationship.

 

The poetics of music

A day of prayer

The poetics in passing notes

that are going nowhere

from my pen to the paper

from my instrument to the room

fill me with memories

poetics of our life.

 

Writing stories, telling words

its as if you never heard

but love is just a process

of going beyond.

 

The movements in history

The life of you and me

can move the cynic

can stir the critic

can set you free.

 

The poetics of music

A day of prayer

The poetics in passing notes

that are going nowhere

from my pen to the paper

from my instrument to the room

fill me with memories

poetics of our life.

 

And this can be the greatest breakthrough

in my mind. All the things we’ve been through

a thumbnail in timelines.

 

I release my writer’s block

if you will simply forgive my offense

The poetics of music grace my innocence.

 

I knock on the door

to the archives of the second World War

the greatest generation built us up

 

And how our dreams began to soar,

from the heart and from our core,

the next generation sticks around

a second cup.

 

The poetics of music

A day of prayer

The poetics in passing notes

that are going nowhere

from my pen to the paper

from my instrument to the room

fill me with memories

poetics of our life.

 

I’ve fought a culture war

with a guitar and so much more

it comes to diligence

and fusion, it goes beyond

your illusions, the yellowing paper

it’s just like vapor- the poetics of music.

 

The poetics of music

A day of prayer

The poetics in passing notes

that are going nowhere

from my pen to the paper

from my instrument to the room

fill me with memories

poetics of our life.

 

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