January 13, 2019
Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano & organ
Music of William Wilde Zeitler (b. 1954)
Prelude: Rainbow (1998)
Offertory: Everywhere I Search For You (1998)
Postlude: Ach Bleib Bei Uns
Chorale harmonizations by J. S. Bach and William Zeitler (1979)
I climbed the stairs to our organ loft 24 years ago for the first time when I followed Bill Zeitler as Music Director. I was somewhere on a scale between terrified and exhilarated, what my know-it-all quantum-mechanic husband would call a mixed state, which could be forced into one definite state or the other by whatever happened next.
What happened next was that I fell in love with the people, the place, and the privilege of doing exactly what I wanted, which was to make music for us all to enjoy. And to write about it in such a way that none of us would have to take it more seriously than our temperaments permitted. If it has been less serious than your individual temperament favors, then I can only admire your personal gravitas. My friends and relatives always told me I was a failure at lofty; it is evidently something you are born with or not.
Thank you for allowing my imagination to run wild, for encouraging me and making a place for me in this church and community for all these marvelous years.