John is another man hard to outline. This is normally because, as a musician, he weaves music into his presentations. He demonstrated for us here how metaphor or picture is a part of good music. The song can bring us to “see” ideas. He used Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” to demonstrate three distinct “gods” for us: Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. What I love about having a musician lead me to music is that they show me things I cannot find on my own.
He then worked through Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” to demonstrate the idea of conflict and resolution in music. Once again, recalling the great “ohhh” of several years ago with James Taylor and the Poetic Knowledge panel, this song employs a number of things that work together to bring harmony out of dissonance.
The amazing thing is that God can take any dissonant note and weave it into His song in such as way as to bring harmony.