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Perfect Timing

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Timing is everything in music. No one wants to be the one who miscounts the measures of rest and comes in at the wrong time. Take the iconic ending of G.F. Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” for example. The music is climaxing with the singers repeating, “Forever and ever! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” (Dramatic pause) “Hal-le-lu-jah!” It’s that rest right before the last “Hallelujah” that makes the ending. If the singers ignored that final rest or sang one too many “hallelujahs,” it would ruin it. Like I said, timing is everything.

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What’s It All About?

The story of Joseph has long intrigued and fascinated me. This poor guy was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers who couldn’t stand that he was their father’s favorite. At the age of 17 he was taken to Egypt as a slave, and there experienced a lot of ups and downs (think Potiphar’s wife, prison, etc). This young man had a lot of blows to deal with. He had a few major upheavals that changed the course of his life, yet he didn’t abandon his faith. More importantly, God didn’t abandon him. And the scene near the end when Joseph finally reveals to his brothers who he is and forgives them- it’s a perfect tear-jerker ending. Even Hollywood would be hard pressed to top that. But let’s look at that scene a bit more closely, shall we?
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