My friend Scott sent me this great video of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps with typewriter-like musical notation. For whatever reason, the notes appearing on-screen remind me of emerging theological conversations – a complex string of notes (ideas) put together to make music, to be enojyed as beauty and truth in the moment.
Ultimately, music isn’t meant to be captured and studied like a lab animal. Nor, I would offer, is spirit. Both should be practiced and enojyed in the flow of the eternal present. And while certain elements of music, like theology, can be parsed and catalogued, the truly life-changing experience given by both music and spirit transcends rational understanding and touches a common place in us all – the shared ecclesia.