The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

Jazz Theology: Having Time

We have time, rather than time having
us.  We develop our ear so that we might listen to the needs of others, then live and love like Jesus.

No moment is just a moment.  Every moment is pregnant with the
possibility of the risen Lord revealing himself to us.  Each instant of life has the potential
of God using us in the life of someone else.  Sensing God’s presence and responding to his call often
depends upon our relationship to time: 
Do we have time or does time have us?  When we have time then the possibilities are endless.  When we don’t we forfeit so much of
what life is really about. 


Drummers have time.  As they sit in the back they are in a
position to listen to the needs of those around them and then respond either by
speeding time up or slowing it down. 
They bring life as they cause things to swing  This is the essence of servanthood.

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Tim, the third begotten son of Lester and Gloria

posted April 30, 2010 at 1:38 am

Not to sound like a trouble-maker, but Buddy Miles, Buddy Rich and Art Blakey all sat in the front.
Still…your illustration stands.

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posted May 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

good drummers are keenely aware of tempo, spaces, and the overall vibe that has come together. Their ears are not usually tuned to the crowd but are looking for the right riff in the right spaces, providing a common bond to rally around. You can think of them like glue that seeps into cracks and crevices, helping all of the voices to congeal. For me, servant-leaders are inspirational to watch in action, but you have to listen carefully to catch their rhythm.

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