MUSIC NOTES, by Catherine Massey
This is my annual vacation time, and I will soon be in Boston for a week to celebrate my birthday. Among our plans are to attend Arlington Street Church (where Rev. Sue and Chuck Campbell met), ride the swan boats, and go hear the Boston Pops. Leslie Odom, Jr., who played Aaron Burr in the original production of Hamilton on Broadway, will join the Pops for a tribute to Nat King Cole’s 100th birthday. I’m looking forward to going back to some of my favorite places: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s garden in Cambridge, and John Adams’ birthplace and farm retreat in Quincy. First Parish (Unitarian) in Quincy, MA holds the tombs of John and Abigail Adams, and John Quincy and Louisa. And I am hoping to explore for the first time the Boston Harbor Islands.
Later we will head to our cabin in Northern New Mexico for some quiet time away from almost everything. I purchased Rev. Charles Harvey’s poetry book on the Psalms and am inspired to read that as well as the actual Psalms while there. Taos Opera Institute’s season will be in full swing when we get there, so we will get to hear a couple of concerts and attend their annual fund-raising gala.
Before all of that happens, our choir and I travel to Alamogordo to sing with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Otero County for one Sunday worship service. Several of our choir members will be providing a great deal of help with music for worship during the summer while I am away, for which I am deeply appreciative. And you will be, too, because they have some fabulous music planned! In July I will join my colleagues for the annual American Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries conference. I will tell you more about that next month.
Catherine Massey, Director of Music
UUMN Credentialed Music Leader