- the people I love
- the written word
- learning languages
- working with others to create something special
- the desire to combat injustice
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Oboe Feast Day
The music director at my church says the sound of the oboe is supposed to represent the Holy Spirit - perhaps one reason he invited a wonderful oboist to play for Pentecost liturgy today.
My favorite piece for oboe, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Oboe and Strings, contains several moments that sound Spirit-filled to me (the opening of the third movement, for example), so I'm posting it today, played by the incomparable Celia Nicklin.
As I listen I'm trying to reflect today on the symbols of the Spirit - wind and fire - and think of the things that "set me on fire" or "catch my breath":