Thursday, January 12, 2017


Welcome to COMMON METER:  a distinctive merging of the definitions of common and meter to create a multi-layered meaning of these words.  Our purpose is to observe some of the rhythms in faith-life that we share.  It has been said, "What is most common is truly most personal."

COMMON METER is 'composed' here to bring together my academic and ministerial endeavors.  As conductor of Lindsey Wilson College choral ensembles, I will share insights about our concerts and touring.  And from the ministry of church relations at Lindsey Wilson College, this location will provide a sacred space of 'thought-full' reflections for ministry leaders.  Indeed, one aspect toward a deeper connection to our faith-life is discovering our common meters.

More about "Common Meter"
Meter is a term used in music and in poetry. In fact, "common meter" is an important term in hymnology; it is meter at, meaning the alternation of eight and six syllables per line or phrase. For example, the hymn O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing is based on common meter:
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.

Notice that the first line is 8 syllables, the second line is 6 syllables, the third line is 8 syllables and the final line is 6 syllables. Ta-da!  Thus, the stanzas of this majestic hymn are in common meter -

Soli Deo Gloria,
Gerald Chafin
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