Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Greetings from the NPM Convention

Tuesday greetings from our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. (obviously for those of us here in the United States!)

Arrived here on Sunday for the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). A colleague and I decided awhile back to rent bikes at the Washington Mall and bike a 38-mile round trip to Mount Vernon on Sunday. Unfortunately the trip was christened with about an hour's worth of driving rain, thunder, and lightning. Your blogging friend here was absolutely soaked to the skin, but it was such a blast! The sun came out as we re-entered Washington and it was glorious. We stopped at the Jefferson Memorial and the setting sun gleamed across the monument. Here's a short video I took at the Memorial.

We set up our WLP booth yesterday morning and it went quite smoothly, four hours of set up in all. Check out our Facebook page for more coverage!

Yesterday afternoon I attended Rita Ferrone's opening keynote focused on full, conscious, and active participation. She is always so poised, humorous, and keenly focused. It was a blessing and a privilege to hear Rita.

Last night, WLP sponsored John Angotti and a talented group of musicians and several choirs from the area for an evening of song and praise. I loved every minute of it and sang my heart out. People seemed to really enjoy it; not a workshop, just an hour to sing praise and thanks to God. Here's a shot I took of John and WLP artists Lorraine Hess and Meredith Augustin on stage last night.

We held our WLP reception for employees and artists and composers last night. It was a very nice couple of hours of connecting, laughing, and sharing memories. Then it was the gala opening of the exhibit hall. The food and drink were enjoyed by all and people got a chance to visit the exhibit booths. Folks, it is always such a joy to share our resources with people ministering in the world of liturgy and music.And my hearts was very much back in Franklin Park with the rest of our staff members, whose work and dedication enables us to be here. So proud of WLP!

Well, that's about it for now. Just finishing breakfast at this point and headed to the exhibit hall. I give my first workshop this morning, focused on the implementation of the new translation of The Roman Missal. Should be a good discussion; I will be sure to give you a report of our discussion.

So, from Washington D.C., gotta sing, gotta pray!

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