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WOW!!!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I really wish those of you who read this blog outside of Denver could have been present for this weeks session of Discover the Gospel in Jazz.

Henry Butler was amazing!  His musical ability, vocals and presence is astonishing. 

For those of you who were present, we spoke about how a jazz-shaped faith is preceded by learning to sing the blues.  That is, "Tragicomic Hope."

Anything thoughts on Henry or the topic?

Over the next few post I’m going to revisit some old posts on the question, "What color is Jesus?"  This will provide a fun case study in jazz theology and set the stage for our final session next week.

Stay in the groove,

robert



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Beloved

posted August 23, 2007 at 12:32 am


I liked what Henry Butler had to say about the blues in relation to pain. I live with a chronic pain disease called fibromyalgia. It also attacks the central nervous system wreaking havoc of crazy symptoms throughout your body in addition to the physical pain. I often have told my doctors if this was only physical pain disease this would be a piece of cake. Henry Butler said in reference to pain…”It feels better just to sing about it.” I can testify that he is correct because if you can sing about it you can just “let it roll”. Somewhere in that blues song you forget about the physical pain your in and remember Jesus and that his grace is sufficient. For he suffered in more pain on the cross then I will ever know and the stone rolled away!



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Mark Peach

posted August 23, 2007 at 6:21 am


JT,
Maybe you can take Discovering The Gospel In Jazz on tour for those of us outside of Denver :) Sounds like it has been great! Will it be available on CD or mp3?



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Mark Peach

posted August 23, 2007 at 6:22 am


JT,
Maybe you can take Discovering The Gospel In Jazz on tour for those of us outside of Denver :) Sounds like it has been great! Will it be available on CD or mp3?



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Larry

posted August 23, 2007 at 3:42 pm


Wow is right! What a great evening with Robert and Mr. Butler. What a fabulous musician. It was an delightfully entertaining evening when The Church met The Street…everyday realities of us ordinary people.
For those of you who saw it and those who didn’t there was wonderful, must see video about the use of the black notes on the piano within the blues. Here is link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=919156379800873277&q=Video+clip+Amazing+Grace&total=4672&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=5
Robert, we don’t want this series to end. It is The Best!!!



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IMB4U

posted August 28, 2007 at 7:04 pm


I just want to say how much this series has ministered to me… but there is no way to express it in words. One thing I can say is that each teaching has been in perfect timing for that which I have been dealing with in my relationship (or lack thereof) with God. Example: I did not go to the August 22 session because my own personal Blues kept me catatonic at home. Is any of this series going to be available in any form other than the handouts & blog?… so we can go over it & study further? I REALLY NEED IT!!!



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