Tuesday, February 16, 2010

jazz-like theology

theology is like good jazz.

there is an ebb and flow of time signatures, incredibly precise solos, spotlights and backgrounds, straightforward and experimental pieces, combined and separated musicians who, although playing together, allow unity in diversity to arise. watching this 1967 Miles Davis concert i am reminded of the many "voices" that take turns speaking yet all the while taking part in this grand conversation. watching the strengths flow out of miles davis' fingers and tony williams' feet reveal the possibility in seeing difference of experience to present a complete picture. when the song is parsed one is able to see the beauty of the individual yet the emotional ride of this song, "footprints," is somehow made sense in the overarching theme of unity, i.e., musicians in relationship with their own tune and the tune of one another. theology is like good jazz.

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