Dr. Jeannine Jordan, Concert Organist

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Stories and Music

All pieces of music tell stories. They emanate from a certain cultural milieu, and if nothing else, they describe stories of their own creation. Others describe the impressions which inspired them.
Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn understood this problem and invented “theme” programming, still common today, where a concert series focuses on a genre of music or historic era. The theme creates an arc during a concert that engages all listeners, regardless of their level of music literacy.

In shaping a program around a theme, any theme, one considers that the music itself becomes limited by the idea which it serves. On the contrary, this new storytelling idea, itself often contained within larger ones, and filled with other smaller stories, can inspire and move the participants into a new journey, a fresh relationship.

You can compare musical dissonance to the conflict between characters in a story. The tension builds and rises to a peak, and then is resolved by the story’s calm conclusion…consonance.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Narrative story is the fundamental instrument of thought

We take enough pictures and selfies to where it takes the energy of 12 nuclear power plants just to supply the energy used everyday just to upload our phone/camera pictures. Do you think we want to tell our stories..?

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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Why we tell stories

Anthropologists tell us that storytelling is central to human existence. That it’s common to every known culture. That it involves a symbiotic exchange between teller and listener – an exchange we learn to negotiate in infancy.Just as the brain detects patterns in the visual forms of nature – a face, a figure, a flower – and in sound, so too it detects patterns in information. Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns, we find meaning. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. They are the signal within the noise. We use both the visual and sound in our dramatic organ concerts. So powerful is our impulse to detect story patterns that we see them even when they’re not there.

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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.   #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

A tribute to Gladys Ives Brainard

Gladys Ives Brainard and student
I (David) am thankful for a piano teacher I had in my years of musical development, Gladys Ives Brainard. She was a retired professor from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She was so very hard on me and insistent that I could do better. It wasn’t for her comfort or pleasure that she pushed me. It was because she knew I could succeed. But she knew I needed someone to make sure it happened. Of course, in many lessons, I wasn’t thankful…at all, but as life unfolded, I understood. The lessons she taught me helped shape my life and project me forward with the confidence to persevere. Thank you, Miss Brainard. You were one of the most significant people in my life.
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Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.  #DrJeannineJordan  #OrganAndMultimediaConcert

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