about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
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Category Archives: Liturgical Music
Whew! Back from a weekend in the Twin Cities. The young miss should be enjoying her first evening under the pine trees of central Minnesota as I type. Before I forget, I thought I’d relate some Sunday liturgy observations from the … Continue reading
Allow me to scoop my sisters and brothers at CMAA if they want to pull out of the infighting over the St Augustine Hymnal to note they got top feature at CNS today. One cathedral parishioner: They sing like angels. … Continue reading
As of 7:30AM this morning “Ubi Caritas” has edged “O Come O Come Emmanuel” 16-13. Thanks for all your voting and participation. If you want to review and recap the brackets, they are here: Dance 2012
Here we are: the final contest for the most popular sacred song among readers on this web site. And trust me; it’s not anything less or more than that. I would not have guessed these two pieces of music would have … Continue reading
Polling for the other Faithful Four pairing is proceeding. I need to get this piece up today, so take three days to determine the other finalist.
Our Faithful Four are set. Today’s match-up suggests that the Paschal Mystery is very much at the center of Catholic consciousness. I suspect readers here are more aware of it than casual Catholics. I’ve re-seeded the finals based on initial … Continue reading
We have two of our four finalists in Catholic Sensibility’s 2012 Liturgical Music Dance. “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” was an easy winner over a Christmas favorite in the White final. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” locked down another spot … Continue reading
The last two NPM offerings in the Dance square off for one spot in the Faithful Four. Let’s vote: You Tube contains dozens of renditions. This is the original recording with piano quintet, orchestra bells and small choir. Listening to these … Continue reading
Most of the Dance has landed on a purple, white, or even a red liturgical day. This week, the “green” songs are “at home.” Seasonal fare has done quite well in the Dance thus far. Let’s see how a beloved … Continue reading
Indie rock musician finds himself in a church gig in Australia. I was thinking about that scene in The Commitments when a little Procol Harum breaks out at practice. The folks at St Kevin’s, Bangalow have that covered: Shortly after … Continue reading
This is an interesting pairing, matching up the #1 Easter and Christmas songs of some of the English-speaking world. I remember before I was baptized asking my mom which was a bigger holiday, Christmas or Easter. The latter, my Baptist … Continue reading
Let’s get down to our Faithful Four, shall we? Time to settle the Violet Regional Finals with the lowest two remaining seeds in the Eternal Eight. A wintry pop style with the Latin lyrics here. The Holy Father probably prefers … Continue reading
Let’s wrap up the Spiritual Sixteen. One of these NPM Top-25′s will be the last to advance to the Eternal Eight. The top organ hymn in the Dance is now the top remaining seed. Will it outpoll “Pange Lingua”? Time … Continue reading
Let’s settle up in the last bracket. “Come Holy Ghost” went to overtime against “Adoro Te Devote” in round 1, then had an easier time of it against “Be Not Afraid.” The likely number one contemporary setting of Psalm 23 … Continue reading