Sacred Head, Bubble Head and Wounded Body

Rublev's Trinity
Rublev's Trinity

By now I would  like to have written some kind of reflection on the season of Easter which, like Christmas, is really a complex of seasons  including Lent, Holy Week, Easter Sunday, Ascension Sunday, Pentecost – all pointing to Trinity Sunday. Trinity Sunday celebrates the uniquely Christian understanding of God as a communion of persons ever locked in a dynamic relationship of mutual-othering  and self-donation from which we get a present vision for personal dignity, social wholeness and a bright hope for  life eternal.

SteveI would have liked to have written something, but the truth is…. I got nuthin’. I can’t concentrate. The last weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and concerts – all good, but not exactly conducive to thoughtful reflection.

Meanwhile, my body is revolting (no comments please). Since before Christmas, my left arm has flared into a searing agony of pain from what doctors are telling me is advanced repetitive stress injury. I’ve been in regular therapy several times a week to try to get control of the situation, but I’m now being told that without extended rest (at least six weeks), healing should not be expected. And so now –  we have the task of finding time when I can get off the road for six weeks of dedicated rest with another few weeks of buffer to gradually return to playing. The assumption is that there will also have to be some lifestyle changes including regular rest, good food and exercise. Sigh…

And so… it seems most logical to take mid-June to early August for rehabilitation. Summer is not typically a great time for concert touring anyway and therefore the loss of revenue will be less than if I take the time off now or in the fall.  I’ll take a couple weeks for intensive therapy, a couple just to relax with Nanci, and maybe a couple to get a good start on that book I’ve been threatening to write.  I sure covet your prayers for the work I need to do in the meantime.

Otherwise, there is lots going on:  many concerts ahead, some new songs  and new opportunities to share this music in novel ways. My recent trips to California have been very exciting in terms of opening new possibilities for future symphony concerts into the U.S.   As much as I love solo concerts, and will happily do them for the rest of my life, there is a marvelous opportunity with symphony concerts. With an orchestra, a concert can take folks right to the edge of the Grand Canyon (metaphorically speaking.) What God does with them there is none of my business, but these kind of events can help get them/us there.  The very act of symphony, in my mind, is a reflection of the Tri-unity of God. It can be an experience of THE experience.  I love it.


Finally – If you haven’t already done so, check out the free Easter Radio we just put up. I gathered songs from all the Signpost artists that touch on the general themes of Easter (penitence, prayer, disorientation, re-orientation, death, resurrection, browning, greening, biblical narrative etc.) and put them on one player you can access for free anywhere  or any  time you have a computer and speakers.  It’s  there simply to help you enter into the constellation of seasons we call Easter.  Please feel free to let others know about it through your social networks.

Thanks for reading and staying in touch.



To listen to our Easter Radio, click HERE

11 thoughts on “Sacred Head, Bubble Head and Wounded Body

  1. Your music has been a blessing to us for many years. We first heard you play at Bethany Chapel, Calgary in the 1990’s ..thank you for your ministry to all of us. My husband and I will pray that God restores your health in your time off. God Bless you and your family. Psalm 23:2-3

  2. Hey Steve:

    I have had my fair share of RS issues as well as some of my adult students (as well as my 2 torn RC’s) so I know the dilemma of therapy/time away from playing.

    For me it was simply re thinking what I was doing that caused the problem as well as less invasive therapy (surgery in my case).

    Everyone is different but if you have not done so already consult an ergonomist

    Take care


  3. Dear Steve:

    I am an amateur singer/songwriter/guitar player, and music has always been an important part of who I am. A few years ago, I began to suffer from repetitive stress syndrome in my arms and hands. The fact that I worked on computers all day was very detrimental to that condition. I finally had to quit my job. I had extensive physical rehabilitation over the course of a few years. I still try to play my guitar every day, but I don’t have the control I once had, and I limit my computer use. I just wanted to pass on my experiences, because Iit would be devastating if something similar happened to you. Please listen to your body, and don’t play past the point of pain. Also, if you’re planning to write a book, try dictating it instead of typing it yourself. I found that every time I had to type or use a mouse for an extended period, my condition would flare up. Good luck with your therapy, and make sure you take that well-deserved rest.! I know it’s hard when your guitar is pleading to be played, and your muse is sitting on your shoulder with a new song…

    shine on,

  4. Hi Steve, It’s o.k. to have nuthin! We are so appreciative of all the times you have blessed us with sumthin when we have nothing.. We’ll pray for your healing and strenght to get through the next few months and may you listen to your revolting body and rest.. Trust in God He’s always got something!
    Matthew 11:28-30

  5. Hi Steve, I have not had the physical experiences you, Debbie and Cheryl have been through.

    However, like them, your music is paramount to us.

    Soooooo, please take the time you need to recuperate. We will quite simply and happily play our CD’s in the meantime.

    Blessings on you and Nanci.

  6. Hi Steve–So sorry to hear about your arm injury– repetitive strain injuries are so painful-and yes, require rest – I pray that God will allow you the strength to get thru’ the rest of your concerts and that things will start to ease up for you. I wanted to wite to tell you how much I enjoyed the concert at the MB Church on Saturay nite last in Ottawa–I brought a friend who isn’t as familiar with your music as myself and she truly enjoyed herself. I love Pacing the Cage because I too am a Bruce Cockbuirn fan–I went home and slept so peascefully – with your songs in my memory – absolutely the best!! Thank you so much!! God bless.
    Oxford Mills Ontario

  7. Hi Steve – I’m sure you don’t have to be told (by me anyway) that your health comes first. I hope you can take the time you need to heal…better to take a break than not be able to play at all.
    I look forward to the next time you’re in the Ottawa/Cornwall area.

    Take care of yourself.

  8. Hello Steve,

    I guess it is about confronting our limits – health included.
    Everything in our possession eventually goes – health included so, it’s about how can we live in the present and in a way that is good.
    Good luck with your arm.

  9. Steve,Just a note to say your music is a blessing in my life, I have played devotions many times in the past several weeks. I will pray for healing of your repetitive stress injury. I know how painful that can be. Enjoy reading about your ministry and your family. Love & Blessings, C

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