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The music of Church

From the August 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

From the time I was a young teenager, I played music professionally. For several years I made a living singing, as well as playing the saxophone. I own a beautiful vintage tenor sax. It is expertly handcrafted, costly, and considered one of the very best models ever made. The reason it’s considered such a fine instrument, is the quality of sound that it can produce. Without an inviting sound, it really doesn’t matter what notes you play—people won’t want to listen to you.

However, in order to produce a beautiful, inviting sound, there is something else that’s essential for every saxophonist. It’s called a “mouthpiece.” Without a mouthpiece, that beautiful, expensive saxophone won’t produce a sound at all. No matter how good the instrument is, without a mouthpiece of equal quality, it won’t make a difference. I know professional saxophone players who literally search the world over for the right mouthpiece. 

I’ve also been a Christian Scientist all my life. My study of Christian Science and my membership in the Christian Science Church has given me a deep conviction of God’s omnipotence and ever-present goodness, as manifested through the life and teachings of our Master, Christ Jesus. This understanding naturally leads to a desire to share this wonderful teaching with the world, just as a musician feels a natural desire to share his music. The question is not if we want to share this music, but how we share this music. 

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