"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Give Me an A, Please

As a pianist, one of my more favorite things to do is play with other musicians. There's just something about the combined effort, talent and years of practice joined together to make something potentially very beautiful. And quite frankly, whether it's with my brother on the guitar, Pat on the violin, David on the organ, a host of hands on 4 pianos or a whole orchestra of fine musicians, it's just plain fun for me. Unless, of course, one of you is out of tune, and artistry turns into torment.

I sit here this morning and hear the ping, ping, ping coming from my music room as Mr. Brown does his work up and down the keys bringing each into a much needed pitch alignment. (Ouch, that particular "ping" just now caused my skin to crawl.) Truth is, those strings were in a dire need for tuning.

He began with the A above Middle C and is working from there. Tune that A to 440 Hz and then line the other 87 keys up to that one and you have a very agreeable and beautiful sound.

Scientifically speaking, the pitch of a musical tone is the speed at which air is set in motion, and that is measured by the number of complete vibrations made by a particle of air in one second. One vibration is called a Hertz, and the greater the number, the higher the pitch. Thus, the A above middle C is tuned to 440 Hertz, or vibrations, the standard adopted in the Western world as the Concert A. Which is why you will hear a musician say, "Give me an A, please." To do so is to come into alignment with the other instruments.

I don't know about you, but my life is a lot like that piano. It needs a tuning. A regular aligning. And not just twice a year like that Baldwin that sits in my living room. It needs a daily calibration ... if not more. 

And so I place myself before the Master Tuner, and through a work only He can do, my life is tuned to that One who Himself is the Perfect A. 

The Absolute I Am

The Almighty Arm of the Lord

The Amazing Ancient of Days

The Awesome Anointed One of Israel

The Astonishing Alpha and Omega

My Atoning Sacrifice

My Advocate

My All in All

Yes, give me an A, please, Lord, and make me into a beautiful instrument for Your glory.

Just an ordinary moment...

1 comment:

Diane Saville said...

Nancy, you ARE, continually, a beautiful instrument for the Lord!! Love, Diane