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SAI Pan Pipes Summer11

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A Word from the National President W Dear Members of Sigma Alpha Iota, hen you hear a piece of music for the first time, what do you listen for? The melody line? The chord progressions? The rhythms? How the composer set the words? Or do you just let the sounds of the music sweep over you and carry you away? Do you give it your full concentration in a concert hall, or have it on your iPod while you are reading, studying, exercising or doing something else? When we are with others, how do you listen? Do you give the other person your full attention? Or do you give them half an ear because you are thinking about what you are going to say next? Do you "multi-task" while you are listening — sending texts or tweets, checking your email or doing something else? We have so many demands on our attention these days, it is easy to think we can do it all — at one time! Webster's Dictionary defines listen as "to hear something with thoughtful attention." What a wonderful thing "thoughtful attention" is. It is listening carefully and fully to the other person, paying attention to what they are saying, not interrupting or becoming distracted, but showing interest in them by actually listening to what they are saying. What a gift we give to each other when we actually listen. If we give that same thoughtful attention to all of the sounds around us, we can hear the music that surrounds us. In the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare says:   How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. Music is everywhere. You just have to listen. With SAI love, Elizabeth M. Nordling National President CONTACT SAI One Tunnel Road Asheville, NC 28805 ( (828) 251-0606 2 (828) 251-0644 @ SUBMISSION DEADLINES PAN PIPES is always accepting new article submissions and ideas. Email inquiries to Editor Heather Davis at . Deadlines for submission are as follows: Summer: April 15 Winter: November 15 Fall: August 15 Spring: January 1 ON THE COVER: SAI Member Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu writes of the history and commentary of spirituals.

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