Friday, November 1, 2013
All Glory, Loud, and Horror
I have heard Jim Welch play the organ about a half dozen times, most recently for Convocation at Stanford Memorial Church, but I was embarrassingly excited for his Annual Halloween Concert. I thought about it multiple times a day. I told nearly everyone I know about my Halloween plans. And that excitement has in fact bled over into November; I have listed to Toccata and Fugue in D Minor six times already this morning.
I don’t think an organ concert would excite me so much if it weren’t for my mom. She is an insanely talented organist, and I love to hear her play. We had an organ in our house, and sometimes I would hide behind the couch so I could listen to her practice. She played hymns and scales, and I sat mesmerized by her feet moving over the pedals. I loved making the special drive to her lessons in Rexburg, which is also where we went to the occasional organ concert or silent movie.
So yes. When I found out that every Halloween for 21 years an organ-playing dude goes to a little Episcopalian chapel in Palo Alto and plays in dramatic, minor keys (sometimes dressed as a vampire) – I got pretty excited. Happy Halloween indeed.