Our Music: Collaborative Music

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood

Our hymn of the month for the theme of Gratitude is the product of a collaborative effort between Neighbourhood member and poet Peter Marmorek, and myself.

I invited members of the congregation to submit their original poetry to me to be set to music. I received many entries and chose Two Sides of One Coin by Peter (see below), to set as a congregational song, and Wonder Blessing by Lauren Renzetti (see below) to set as a choral benediction.

Peter wrote a song of gratitude and I was struck by the unusual list (day, darkness, knowledge, awareness, logic, mystery, spirit, and magic) and how some of these were echoed in Lauren’s blessing. There is a tangible connection amongst the members of our community. I am so enormously grateful to be in service to a community that not only encourages my growth and creativity but fosters it with collaborative musical opportunities and support. It is truly a musician’s dream. So, for this month of gratitude I would like to thank all who have ever made music with me at Neighbourhood. Come sing with us.
 

Two Sides of One Coin
by Peter Marmorek

Give thanks for the day which gives us more light
so that we can see what was hidden from sight;
and thanks for the darkness, the time of the dream
when our shadows come out and wisdom is seen.

We call on you both, two sides of one coin
to weave nets of power as together you join.
Give thanks for the knowledge that helps us to learn
and step towards wisdom for which we so yearn.

And thanks for awareness of what we don’t know,
and rather than pride our perspective will grow.
We call on you both, two sides of one coin
to weave nets of power as together you join.

Give thanks for the logic that keeps us aware
and helps us make choices with insight and care;
and thanks for the mystery, for spirit and magic
so that we align with our world most fantastic.

We call on you both, two sides of one coin
to weave nets of power as together you join.

 
Wonder Blessing
by Lauren Renzetti

May this wide world ever be new to you,
the tiniest detail come clear.
May the noise of the day recede.
May you leave this place with space in your soul
for Wonder, Magic, and Love.
May you feel the One in all that surrounds you.
Blessed be. Blessed be.