It’s All Music
by Terry Betteridge on September 1st, 2009
A gifted Jesuit once told me that in order to understand the Bible, I should realize that it’s all music and no noise.
This expression has always resonated with me, because growing up at Betteridge, I found music in my father’s devotion to craft- to try in every stone set, each blow of the hammer and stroke of the file to do better than before.
Any poorly shaped prong or stray file mark left on a ring shank becomes noise: a grating sound drowning out the melody. When all the elements fit just right, seamlessly joining part to part, I find a beautiful harmony.
I try to instill this same devotion to craft that I grew up with in my workshops. It’s quite a challenge, but just trying hard makes the shop hum…