Monday, October 22, 2007

Yesterday Was Good Enough

Yesterday, saying she didn't get it, an artist passed along this quote, "In art, 'good enough' is not good enough." It has been around for a while and has been discussed by better than me, but I understand it.

While researching dates for artists' birthdays, I sometimes discover obscure ones whose lovely, well-done, even powerful work has been overlooked through the years -- it is good enough, but is just missing the mark.

Yesterday, I sat in a church where a 'good enough' organ has been replaced by a new and glorious instrument.*

On Sunday mornings, as Jamie Council Garvey plays the new Dobson, it is easy to HEAR the truth in this quote, but sometimes the choir or congregation is singing or there are other distractions.

Yesterday, there were no distractions as the season opened for 'Concerts With a Cause.' The guest musician was Olivier Latry, titular organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. As he played, the new organ 'sang' through both delicate and rich passages which were never just 'good enough.' Neither the organ nor Monsieur Latry missed the mark.

Later at the reception, there was a delicious moment when I responded to the French-accented request for a 'doggie bag.' But perhaps that is an entry for another day.

Yes. Yesterday WAS good enough.

*To share the new Dobson organ at St. John United Methodist Church, this free concert series is offered to the community by generous contributions and the offering just before intermission benefits one community charity. A reception follows which allows the audience to meet both the guest musicians and representatives of the charity, which yesterday was Catholic Social Services. 2007-2008 schedule is at


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