Category Archives: 2012 Dance

White Semifinal 2

Let’s vote on the other white bracket semifinalists: An NPM top-25 best known as an art song rather than in the older form of plainsong with the full text, Sacris Solemniis. The final two strophes begin at 3:04 in this … Continue reading

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White Semifinal 1

Let’s kick off the Spiritual Sixteen, shall we? In the 72-hour voting periods, “Silent Night,” probably the most popular Christmas song in the US, eked out a pair of one vote wins. “Prayer of St Francis,” also identified in hymnal-speak … Continue reading

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The Dance Regional Semi-Finals

Barring a huge comeback by “The Summons,” the regional semi-finals are set: In the violet corner, we have #1 You Are Mine vs #12 O Come O Come Emmanuel and #7 Holy Holy Holy vs #14 Veni Sancte Spiritus For … Continue reading

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Complete the 16

Last vote to complete the Spiritual Sixteen: Once this polling is complete on Wednesday, we’ll throw up the posts for the Sixteen.

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At the Core of the Paschal Mystery

This should be an intriguing match-up. Most of the NPM top-25 songs have been going down in polling in either the first round or in the second. Today we have the penultimate Theological Thirty-Two pairing, in which one will survive … Continue reading

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In the Far-Off Winter

One glaring omission in the NPM top-25 is the lack of seasonal music. I suspect that many of these Advent/Christmas songs would rise to the top of consideration, if people had them in mind. Due to the luck of the … Continue reading

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Two P’s, Two Gowns, and a Living Room Guitar

Pardon for passing up the polling yesterday. People, you have it here: For some reason, WordPress took out the rest of my commentary: You can hear John Paul II sing Pescador de Hombres here. As for Panis Angelicus, I prefer … Continue reading

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Come Holy Ghost, Be Not Afraid

Two number-one seeds (courtesy of NPM’s top-four) are already eliminated. Don’t be afraid of today’s polling, maybe another one is in danger: The Pentecost hymn needed “overtime” to outpoll “Adoro Te Devote.” Will this traditional hymn have an easier time … Continue reading

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Charity and Vision

Two double-digit seeds in today’s poll: I heard a really nice setting of Ubi Caritas Saturday night performed by the Ames Chamber Artists. Ola Gjeilo is a fine young composer who draws on plainsong and a modern sensibility of harmony. … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Hymns

Two hymns deep in Catholic devotion. Only one will advance to the Spiritual Sixteen. I suspect the Soul Of My Savior/How Great Thou Art was not an inspiring pairing for some of you. I split up each bracket into a … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Night

Seasonal music is doing quite well in the head-to-head polling of this liturgical music madness. NPM’s number one song, “On Eagles’ Wings” got bounced by an Easter song we often sing only once a year. Let’s see how the most … Continue reading

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Songs of Winter on a Spring Day

Let’s see if a number two Christmas song fares well in polling with a traditional Advent hymn. Listen to the “upset” winner (21-15) against “Here I Am Lord” taken at a pretty good clip in this clip. Latin text, as if … Continue reading

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Holy God, Immaculate Mary

Today’s fresh poll: Neither of these songs were in any danger of first-round elimination, “Immaculate Mary” 19-4, and “Holy God” 23-4. How will these traditional hymns fare against each other?

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Raising and Rising

As a liturgist, I’m used to Psalm 91 as a Lenten offering. “Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble,” and all that. And textually, I know it is one of Saint Augustine’s seven penitential psalms. Mea culpa, mea … Continue reading

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No Lent Homer Here

Let’s put one of the three remaining top-seeds to the test, shall we? Perhaps “Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days” benefitted from a “home game” in the first round; it narrowly outpolled its Eucharistic opponent 16-13. Remember the words were penned by … Continue reading

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