Trevin May and Madison Stang celebrated their First Holy Communion on June 6th!
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“Soul’: Bless the 12 notes
This year’s Academy Award for Original Music Score was won by composer Jon Batiste for his work on the Pixar film Soul, the animated tale of a jazz pianist who has a near-death experience and gets stuck in the afterlife, causing him to re-think the choices he made in the existence he mostly took for granted.
Batiste, who is the band leader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is the third Black musician to win the Oscar for original score, after Prince in 1985 for Purple Rain and Herbie Hancock for Round Midnight in 1987.
In accepting the Oscar, Batiste celebrated the moment by giving thanks for the “12 notes”:
“You know what’s deep is that God gave us 12 notes. It’s the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, that Bach had, Nina Simone . . . Every gift is special. Every contribution with music that comes from the divine into the instruments into the film, into the minds, hearts and souls of every person who hears it, the stories that happen when you listen to it and watch it and the stories you share, the moments you make, the memories you create — man, it’s just so incredibly special . . . I’m thankful to God for those 12 notes.”
Every song ever written and ever will be written is composed from the same 12 notes, whether it’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. God gives us all “12 notes” to create the soundtrack of our lives. That “scale” includes compassion, mercy, forgiveness, justice, empathy and peace; everyone can make music with those “notes” — saint and sinner, scientist and laborer, venerable grandparent and curious child, corporate executive and forgotten homeless. To realize the “music” of God demands the same vision to hope, the love to create for the good of others and the commitment to grow and nurture as that of the farmer planting seed in today’s Gospel. Jesus challenges us to embrace the faith of the Gospel sower and the hope of the mustard seed: to be willing to plant seeds of kindness and joy wherever and whenever we can in the certain knowledge that it will, in some way, result in a harvest of God’s life and love; to play the notes we are able to string together that creates the music of God’s Spirit playing through our lives.
Dave & Brook made a video of them praying the Stations of the Cross. Please click on the link to pray along with them!