My name is David Francis Jarvis. Many call me Jarv because I went to school with at least 14 other Davids. I was born April 7, 1948 in Westport, Connecticut in the midst of the post World War II revival when, for almost two decades, the protestant Christian Church enjoyed tremendous membership growth. I was raised in the Congregational Church and was nurtured in both its Spirituality and Social Gospel as it joined with other Churches to become the United Church of Christ.
Musically, I don't remember not playing the piano. The piano stool was my playpen. I started lessons at age 5. My musical training continued through college. I started playing in small supper clubs at age 14 and thus began my life as an entertainer. Making music and pleasing crowds became my life's work.
During my full-time entertaining years, I never totally "abandoned" the church, though I wasn't overly enthusiastic about it either. I came into contact with many of my fellow "boomers" and others who the church had definitely failed for one reason or another. The potential for the church to limit the grace of God for people who had protested the Vietnam War, openly disagreed with a certain doctrine, had abortions, struggled in marriage and ended up divorced, battling alcoholism, and, to an even greater extent, all women and under-represented groups and minorities (such as the LGBT community), led me to become a voice in the church. The messages that was/is clearly given was/is God will love you only if... or at best...not in our church you don't! For many of these confused people, the churches' or clergyperson's declaration was for them, indeed the Voice of God, an organized, authoritarian voice of intolerance and rejection. For me, this Spiritual Abuse was not acceptable and I reunited with the church.
I was fortunate in that somehow I always felt that God was with me. Perhaps this was because I had wonderful pastors and Christian mentors. Unfortunately, however, too many of my friends weren't so lucky. Yet, I believe that people are intrinsically spiritual. It is our nature. In spite of the dictates or doctrines of organized religion, people will carve their own path to The Holy. I believe that music is essential to this journey. People sit and listen, focus inward, and often their thoughts while listening turn into prayers.
Creating this musical meditation ministry I see as a culmination of my life's work -- helping people find their way. I was Ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1980, served and continue to serve in churches since 1975. I have been a senior pastor and now am an interim ministry specialist, helping churches heal, where conflict was present ~ with a prayer and a song so to speak. Also, I have never stopped playing piano. I still do sing-a-longs for seniors, nursing homes, church programs and other outside gigs. As much as I consider myself Christian, I will always be sensitive and understanding to those who fall out of the mainstream of organized religion. I see the concept of creating personal, individualized meditation music for all who see themselves on the journey as an exciting vocation. I am once again humbled by God's call to serve.