Pipes and Pulpits

For the record, I think pipe organs are awesome. Even though I love praise and worship music played on a ’71 Les Paul, bluegrass gospel on a Martin D28 (if you have to ask…), and Amazing Grace on bag pipes, a well-played pipe organ can make you think you’re in the throne room of heaven.

pipe organ preacher

This is not a picture of me behind my pulpit. This is not a picture of me in the church I pastor. But this is a picture of what my church could look like if only our building committee would raise a few million dollars (I don’t know what’s taking them so long).

Seriously, if you have never heard a real pipe organ played by someone who knows what he/she is doing, you probably don’t know what goose bumps are, either.

I wonder how a banjo-mandolin-pipe organ trio would sound?

Hey! Did I mention I got a new mandolin?

Anyway, I have work to do, so have a great Monday!

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7 responses to “Pipes and Pulpits

  1. Anthony, I really enjoyed this post. You and I have similar taste in music so I can appreciate where you are coming from. I was raised around the old shaped note singing conventions. My parents also enjoyed country and bluegrass music. My wife and daughters and I sing southern gospel together when we can schedule it around our church activities. I also play bass for the praise team at our small church where we sing a variety of hymns, southern gospel and praise and worship. I have no idea how that banjo, mandolin, pipe organ trio would sound, but I bet it would be an interesting sound.

    • Cool! What kind of bass you play? What kind of strings you prefer?

      • I have a Squire Precision Bass that I’ve had for close to 20 years. I have used Fender Flatwound strings for years, but I have just purchased my first set of Elixers. After 2 weeks of playing the Elixers, I don’t think I will ever buy anything else. It wil depend on how long they last because they are pricey, $38 per set. I’ve used elixers for several years on my Ovation acoustic and decided to try the bass strings this time.

      • I like those strings, too. My favorite was some that a famous bassist, Dave Pomeroy, gave me. They were not round or flat wound, but “ground wound” strings. I haven’t been able to find any since.

        I still play a Yamaha TRB 4P that I bought back in ’92 or ’93. I’ve always wanted a Fender, too.

      • I’ve never heard of those strings, but from your description, it sounds like they would play good. I’ve had the Fender bass for about 20 years. As the old saying goes, it just gets better with age. It plays better now than ever.

      • My bass was one of the original ones made to introduce the model.

  2. If your building committee raises a few thousand bucks, can you toss our church a few hundred thousand? Thanks. We need a new baptistery, and also the trustees (that would be Todd and me) need to get new matching t-shirts.

    And also pipe organs. Because our church would just use them all the time. Or maybe at Christmas for 5 minutes. But we’d enjoy those 5 minutes A LOT.

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