Jazz Improvisation as Prayer

Sometimes in the course of a practice session I have taken the opportunity to improvise a melody that I like to think is prayerful or somehow expresses my love for God. I tend to imagine that God is a musician as well and can understand my non-verbal language and my need to express myself in this way.  Words are not always easy to find, but I can offer up a melody as an expression of my gratitude for being alive and blessed. If prayer is meant to be satisfying, I’ve found that making the attempt to play my prayer has produced a good deal of satisfaction and a sense of connection and shared blessing.  Who know’s maybe it is more like playing a duet than a solo.

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