Tom Jonard's Music Page

There are no audio files on this page ... yet.  If and when there are they will be of me singing or of a choir in which I sing.  Because this page is about music, my music and what I think about music.

I have been singing in choirs since grade school and in church choirs since high school.  I have sung in a few secular choirs.  But I never really enjoyed singing about trees or grass swaying in the wind per sea.  I do enjoy singing big pieces like Carmina Burana by Carl Orff but most of what I really enjoy performing is religious in nature.  There are adult community singing groups all across this land that program mostly show tunes, but I have never been interested in these.

"We are singing for the Lord is our life", goes the refrain of an anthem our church choir sang one Sunday a while back.  This pretty much sums it up for me.  There is only one place that I can think of where public singing is condonned and regularly practiced outside of birthday parties -- churches.  Singing in church is different from all other venues.  It has a purpose higher than ourselves -- praise.  It brings meaning to those who participate or just hear it.  It has a social aspect that transcends here and now.  It connects us with others, our past and our complete selves.

.Here are some more thoughts on music in religion.
.Here are some people I owe thanks.
.Here are some of my favorites.

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