Your unique musical score

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Recently on my regular drive to church, I heard on the radio the old 1978 Warren Zevon classic, “Werewolves of London.” I think it was the first time I had heard this tune in well over a decade. Quickly I turned up the volume and sang along. This was followed by a nice rendition of Rod Stewart singing his own interpretation of one of my favorite Van Morrison hits.

As much as I love the originals, I also love remakes of old standards that manage to preserve the richness of the original tunes and introduce a new flavor.

Architecturally, music is presented in “time” and “space” relationships. Think of any of the many entries in the Christian Science Hymnal. The melodic line we sing is expressed in a time relationship, but we read the melody sequenced horizontally across the staff and throughout the page, almost like a mathematical time line. Imagine the chaos if all the melody and chord tones within the entire piece were played at once! The musical time and spatial relationships are essential to the beauty of the song.

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