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Ambient Noise
July 14, 2019

Ambient Noise

Passage: Psalm 46:10, Mark 1:35, Mark 4:35-37
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Bible Text: Psalm 46:10, Mark 1:35, Mark 4:35-37 | Speaker: Rev. Dr. Carolyn Scanlan-Holmes | John Cage was an eccentric and experimental musical composer. One of his most famous experimental compositions was a piece called 4’33”. For performances, the pianist would come on stage, sit down at the piano, open the score, and then start a stopwatch that ran for four minutes and 33 seconds. The composition was 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. All that could be discerned was the ambient noise in the hall. I suppose we could debate the artistic merit of the piece, but perhaps there is a deeper lesson. We all could benefit from some quiet—or silent—time before God.  Join us on Sunday as we explore the ambient noise in our lives and the world.

John Cage was an eccentric and experimental musical composer. One of his most famous experimental compositions was a piece called 4’33”. For performances, the pianist would come on stage, sit down at the piano, open the score, and then start a stopwatch that ran for four minutes and 33 seconds. The composition was 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. All that could be discerned was the ambient noise in the hall. I suppose we could debate the artistic merit of the piece, but perhaps there is a deeper lesson. We all could benefit from some quiet—or silent—time before God.  Join us on Sunday as we explore the ambient noise in our lives and the world.