20th Century, Culture, History, Minnesota, music, Native Americans, Prayer, women

Densmore Begins Recording Indian Music

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1907
Red Wing native Frances Densmore embarks on a life-long study of Indian music and culture. From a single recording of a performance by Kitchimakwa (“Great Bear”) at White Earth, she eventually collects thousands of songs of the Ojibwe, Dakota, and 10 other tribes. By the time of her death in 1957, Densmore will have also written 22 books and over 100 articles on Indian life.*

What a fascinating woman, Lord! I love the paradox that Ms. Densmore studied piano, organ, and harmony at Oberlin, and found joy in music of the people. Perhaps she is a testimony of her school’s philosophy?
Father, I’m grateful that by chance she read a book, that led her to her first experience with Indian music, that led into a passion.** I’m grateful that she took delight in listening, which is an inherent quality of great recording engineers, musicians, and producers. One adds a personal statement while listening to other players.
Will You bless Frances and her generations with her love of music and culture? Will You bless all the tribes she recorded with appreciation for her remarkable gift? Will You bless the all non-Native Minnesotans with ears to hear the importance of their voice in our common history?
As Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” May we listen to the music of each culture of this state, and so be enlivened! Amen!

*P.T.H. cites timeline formerly at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm
The Minnesota Historical Society Web site, http://www.mnhs.org, is fantastic! Check it out! Images are from https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl; again, an amazing resource!

**Explore more about Densmore at MPR feature “Song Catcher”. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199702/01_smiths_densmore/docs/index.shtml

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19th Century, History, Intercession, Jesus, Minnesota, music

Dvorak Composes at Falls

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1893
Antonin Dvorak, the renowned Czech composer, visits Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. Inspired by the beauty of the scene, he composes a melody on the spot, writing the music on his starched shirt cuff. The “Minnehaha Theme” is featured as a violin line in Dvorak’s Sonatina in G Major, opus 100.*

Master, first name You describe Yourself with in the scriptures is “Elohim”, which means something akin to “Artist” or “Strong Creator”. Your signature is in, around, and through all creation. You have created living art that is capable of reproduction, yet each “copy” is a unique masterpiece?! Whether we view the nano particle level through microscopes, observe with our own eyes, or with powerful telescopes, we are in awe of Your handiwork!

It is no wonder that Dvorak saw an inspiring scene at Minnehaha Falls. It’s beauty has been renowned by Minnesotans for generations. What is a wonder is his response; that this beauty is so valued that it is worth recording immediately without thought to practicality or cost. Thank You that Antonin instantly responded to the beauty presented to him!

Will You bless him, his family, and the nation of the Czech Republic? Will You bless his indirect generations of artists, composers, writers, and simply those who listen and respond to greatness? Will You bless this place and those who visit it in perpetuity?

Will You forgive us the judgments we as a people make on those who follow instinct? Will You forgive our judgments of those who pursue their visions, no matter how absurd or irrational they may appear? I believe it was the Celts who likened the Holy Spirit to the wild goose. Will You give us wisdom and discernment to support those on “a wild goose chase”?

*P.T.H. cites timeline formerly at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm
The Minnesota Historical Society Web site, http://www.mnhs.org , is fantastic! Check it out! Images are from https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl; again, an amazing resource!

** Read more about Dvorak’s visit to these lovely falls? http://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2014/07/24/the-music-of-minnehaha-falls
*** Learn about a “wild goose chase”? http://thewildgooseisloose.com/why-wild-goose/

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Art, Intercession, music

My Wrestling Match is Prayer

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Don’t know why, but call it whimsy. Maybe reading and pondering Mike Scott’s book this morning, (“Adventures of a Waterboy”), brought me courage to share a common battle of an artist, or an intercessor? On the one hand, being assured one has something good, meaningful, and necessary to say or contribute to the human race, and having moments of uttermost uncertainty that confuse like the overcast winter skies of Minnesota; all is grey, so where am I, who am I to think I have answers, am I snow-blind ?

12-7-11 Wednesday
Lord, Tonight I’m searching these questions: “Who is my audience?” and “What is my message?”
I can make rational decisions about ‘to whom’ am I sent based on history, interest, etc. However, I don’t know if I’ve ever put the question directly to You ; “Who is my audience?”
I want to believe that You are my first and greatest audience regardless of how often I forget that I am living free because of You. I am really beginning to believe that being loved by Your INFINITY is superior to any and all mechanisms or relationships I have, would, or will devise to gain a sense of acceptance.
I’ve pursued You in a religious way, imposing the shortcomings of my dad, LeRoy, on You. I’ve pursued You with a sense that You are an unpleasable father, and therefore, I must be an unacceptable son. I’ve imposed the manipulations that were prevalent in my relationship with my dad on You. “Dad, if I martyr myself enough, try hard enough, will You speak peace to me? Will You be pleased with the shape and content of my life?” Or “Father God, will You send me relief? I need an answer to my anxious questions that have been building for decades. If I humble myself in prayer and fasting for a day, a week, a month or longer, will I be able to see and hear and know You then?”
I wrestle at times at the vanity of this project. Who am I to think that I can call on the omnipresent nature of God? Who am I to think that simply and specifically acknowledging the separations, sins, broken relationships of my forbearers before You will change things in the present, and future generations? Is this my idea, or Your idea?
Jesus, You knew that You were sent to the children of Israel. Paul knew he was sent to the Jews first, and the Gentiles second. What about me? Right now, I spend the most time with room sets, walls, props, and furniture for photo shoots, not people. I don’t get it. Help my unbelief!
It is easier that You have planted themes into my life:
“Wash the inside of the cup, and the outside will also become clean…”
“Every pot and dish will be HOLY TO THE LORD…”
“Love your enemy…”
What I don’t get is this: how do I pursue these life themes in the context of a family? Do I make money in unrelated work, and follow these passions on the side? I’ve tried that for years with varying results, but have felt constantly torn between undesirable outcomes:

-taking time and attention from my family (disappointing family)
-being chronically half-hearted, lacking courage (disappointing myself)
-feeling unfaithful, distrustful of You and Your abilities to provide the practical needs of my family (disappointing You)
All this being said, I believe in the GOODNESS of Your character! I believe that I am a child of the Most High! I believe that the covenant given to Abram, and fulfilled by Jesus, has been passed down to me. Even me?! (And to whomever will receive their reception in You.)
Overcome the idols of my life! Overcome my fears! Overcome the rebellion in my heart! If these choices are mine, confirm it to me! Cause me to choose wisely! If these decisions are Yours, let me hear again and again and again Your thoughts. Good night!
Isaiah 42:17 “…Those who trust in idols will be turned back in utter shame.”
Psalms 8:2-8 “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…

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19th Century, Art, Culture, History, Intercession, Jesus, Minnesota, music

Schubert Club Formed 1882

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Marion Ramsey

Forty St. Paul Women form the Schubert Club (named for the Austrian composer) “to give concerts and teach people about the joys of music.”*

What a gift You have given this state in the joys of music! Thank You for the diligence of these women, and their heart to bless others! May we excel in our hearts first, the mastery of instruments second, and the expressions of the stories You place within!

See what’s happened in the past 134 years? https://schubert.org

Learn about its namesake? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Schubert

*P.T.H. cites timeline formerly at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm
The Minnesota Historical Society Web site, http://www.mnhs.org , is fantastic! Check it out! Images are from https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl; again, an amazing resource!

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