I am a lousy to worse musician with a big musicians heart. I love music. I enjoy music. Every aspect, any really is of interest. I enjoy delving into the structure and theory behind the music, the different ways instruments are constructed, and the process of playing and listening to them. I even enjoy the process of understanding how to help those who come hear more clearly through sound systems or architectural design. Everything is exciting!
I find echoes mysterious wonders. Even since my introduction when I was young and visiting Lake Tahoe as a child I have found myself caught in their mystery. Even after I understood the physical phenomenon with the mechanics of sound waves bouncing back and repeating themselves to my ear, I enjoyed each experience as if it was the first time.
Echoes are more than just a voice hauntingly coming back. The term also refers to the act of repeating within a song. Echoing the leader through the words in a song can be a way of emphasizing with contrast and harmony. This is especially powerful when there is no need for a word of instruction, just the natural intuitive knowledge that the singers, myself included, want to follow with passionate conviction.
In this context John’s words take on a different meaning. We have an invitation to participate with Divinity in life. The invitation is open to all however frequently there are many that do not know they are invited. Our instruction in this matter is clear. “‘Come!’ say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, ‘Come!’” (Revelation 22.17)
The choice of what happens next is very much in our court. We can try to be perfect or we can make music. I know that short of a very long time with a master musician, and maybe not even then, that I will never be the lead in anything musical. Yet I have the opportunity to be in the band with the Spirit. Having participated in a band I can only recommend this with awe. An incredible experience is waiting!