Hi. I’m Paul Enns and I’m the Music Pastor at All Souls, Langham Place. This, of course, means that my wife and I live in London. But I’m not British, I’m Canadian – a stranger in a strange land, as it were.
I have been leading worship for about 20 years. Most of this has been in churches in Vancouver but I’ve had opportunity to lead in conferences, retreats, and camps all over British Columbia and into northern Washington. People are always surprised that my education is not in music (at least until they hear me play). I have a BA in Biblical Studies and an MCS in Church History which gives me a strong theological basis for my work as well as a knowledge, respect, and deep love for the traditions of the Church.
People at All Souls are also usually surprised that I have almost no training in classical music (again, until they hear me play). What I know of music has come from listening to it and playing it; in both instances, that music has predominantly been rock and roll in all it’s myriad forms. To get a sense of my musical education listen to Bruce Springsteen, T-Bone Burnett, Steve Earle and Elvis Costello. My tastes in orchestral music tend towards 20th/21st century: Gavin Bryars, the Kronos Quartet, and Arvo Part. And while I like a lot of jazz, my tastes in contemporary jazz also run towards the more avant-garde: Marc Ribot, Ken Vandermark, and Nels Cline.
A driving wheel is the large wheel on an old locomotive engine. It is the part that moves the train along, powering it down the track. This title is taken from the theme song in which the driving wheel is a metaphor for Divine Love – a moving and powering Force if ever there was one.
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