Allow the words to unfold, reading and creating with a deeper understanding and purpose.

As a composer of sacred and secular songs and choral works, the texts I set are ever present and foundational elements to the music. I was reminded in my devotion this morning about the importance of gaining a fuller understanding of words as they relate to one’s faith, and, as a musician, to the enrichment of the compositional and performance processes.

Even if you are just reading your favorite poem, or sharing a quote, taking a moment to examine just a few of the words in greater detail will enhance your comprehension and overall experience with the text.

For example, take these four words, “green pastures,” and “quiet waters” from Psalm 23. How would the material in the image of this post help in your understanding of the overall text or in performing a musical setting of the psalm?

You may be surprised at what you discover.

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