How Dissonance is Useful

A member of our community played a new piece of music for us this week. In beginning he picked the strings in familiar chords to a Latino rhythm, but soon something went wrong. Notes stuck out here and there against the flow of the music. It seemed they would bring the instrumental to a uneasy halt, but they didn’t. The music went on. It was beautiful and then, more of those notes. Dissonant notes. Dissonant notes have a purpose too. They break us out of the familiar and point to something urgent. they aren’t what we expect to happen, but they aren’t unexpected to the musician. He can use dissonance. The earth sometime shakes with dissonant chords but these are not beyond the reach of our God. He can weave them into the music. He can make all things beautiful in their time. images (7)

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