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September 24, 2017: A Servant of Music
People often ask me how I got into music. The best answer I can give is that there have been a number of events, people, and experiences along my journey that led me to the conclusion that almost every aspect of living is motivated by music in some way for me. It didn't just happen overnight. Indeed, what I find so interesting about my relationship with music is that it is constantly evolving and being reaffirmed with each new chapter.

by Bobby Stubbs, Interim Director of Music

People often ask me how I got into music. The best answer I can give is that there have been a number of events, people, and experiences along my journey that led me to the conclusion that almost every aspect of living is motivated by music in some way for me. It didn't just happen overnight. Indeed, what I find so interesting about my relationship with music is that it is constantly evolving and being reaffirmed with each new chapter.

With that in mind, I will tell you that I remember music class being my favorite part of the week in second grade, so I joined the children’s choir at my family’s Roman Catholic parish. Sitting in the choir seats gave me a deluxe view of the organist. I was so infatuated with her craft that church became the only place I ever wanted to be. 

The following fall, I started taking piano lessons. In sixth grade, I switched to a Catholic parish school. The organist there became my new piano teacher and also introduced me to the organ. I joined the school choir and was eventually invited to be the accompanist. I also played clarinet in the school band (although I haven’t touched it since eighth grade) and got the lead in the school musical (probably because most of the boys couldn't carry a tune). I was never good at sports, so as a middle school student searching for an identity, music was kind of my “thing.”  And to be honest, as an insecure teenager, I didn't mind the praise and attention it brought me.

Looking back, I struggle to relate to that kid now, because I have grown and changed so much since then. In more recent years, I have come to realize that I am not entitled to musical abilities. I had to work to develop them, and I have to continue to discipline myself just to maintain them, let alone continue growing them. I don't think of myself as talented, but rather blessed—blessed with an intense love and appreciation for music that inspires me to do the work. I see myself as a servant of music, not the other way around. But my childhood self and I do have at least one major factor in common: we both need music. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon.                                                                                                                                  

I’m so delighted to have the opportunity to serve music and sing God’s praises with you.

 

Last Published: September 21, 2017 2:48 PM
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