I am a lover of lists. I see them as a two-dimensional external hard drive of the brain—order out of chaos. And as a fan of David Letterman, I of course gravitated to his Top Ten List bit. A seemingly neurotic impulse gone mainstream! So it only makes sense to end this year simply and naturally (everything this year wasn’t!) and include my own Top Ten List of Pandemic-Induced Reflections and Retrofits, Though Perhaps Somewhat Perversely Gained.
10. The glory of being an introvert (the whole planet now has a taste!)
9. The back burner of reconnecting with other styles of music come alive in Wednesday Vespers
8. The return of composition and arranging expressed, again, in Wednesday Vespers
7. As the band Depeche Mode sang years ago, “Enjoy the Silence.” Really, enjoy it!
6. Connecting more personally with individual singers and musicians in our live streams
5. Relishing the advantage of a broken organ and spending more time with my old friend—the piano
4. Embracing the “New Tradition”: an eclectic blend of ancient and new
3. The freedom of worship styles: adaptation mixed with intentional diversity
2. Absence breeds appreciation: the return of communal worship in 2021!
1. Adaptation is innate if one allows discomfort and inconvenience to subside
See you on the other side…in 2021!
Director of Music/Organist
Mark Heiskanen has been Plymouth's Director of Music since September 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Mark has experience and great interest in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, musical theatre, and gospel. He is thrilled to serve a congregation and staff that values diversity and inclusion in all facets of life. Read his mostly-weekly Music Minute here.