RIP Paul Oakley

by vernsanders on November 27, 2012

Church music, choral music, and Creator magazine in particular, lost a good friend and valued colleague over the weekend. Paul Oakley was, to be sure, one of a kind. As founding publisher Marshall Sanders said to me recently, “without Paul, Creator magazine wouldn’t exist as we know it.”

I can vividly remember meeting Paul at a conference, after a session at which he demonstrated things from the organ bench. It was the first time I heard someone talk about “orchestrating” hymn accompaniments based upon musical stylistic history. It became so routine for me that I’m sometimes caught short when I realize not everyone does that. He was passionate about all things worship, and musical, and our profession is the better for him having been a part of it.

Ipod shuffle status (What is this?): 4498 (You’ve Got What it Takes - Dinah Washington and Brook Benton)  of 7875

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