Category Archives: Liturgical Music

The Goodness of the Lord

I composed this psalm for friends over twenty-seven years ago. I noticed the comment from a visitor asking about a musical setting of Psalm 33 for a wedding. I have an audio of my psalm setting here: The Goodness of the Lord … Continue reading

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James On Singing?

Three Masses for me this weekend. One with my family last night and two today, playing the piano, as many of our accompanists were otherwise engaged for the weekend. Or retreating homeward before they get too deep into the semester. … Continue reading

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Reviewing W4: Hymns and Mass Settings

I was reading the review of Worship 4 at PrayTell. James Frazier gives the tome high marks. Because I haven’t seen it yet, I’ll confine my comments to his review, and some thoughts about publishing. Perhaps the time was “right” for … Continue reading

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Liturgy Snapshots from A Sunday Pew

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

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Colloquium Headlines at CNS

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

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Last Dance: Ubi Caritas

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

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The Dance Final

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

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The Faithful Four: In Praise of God

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.

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The Faithful Four: A Paschal Mystery Match-Up

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

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Halfway to the Faithful Four

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

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Red Final: Holy God Who Shepherds

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

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Green Final: Ubi Christmas?

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

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Rock Musician At The Keyboard

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

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White Final: Easter vs Christmas

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

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Violet Final: Veni, Veni

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

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