Category Archives: Music

WoC: The Saint Nicholas Perspective

It’s the 6th of December and it’s the feast day of one of our favorite seasonal saints. I listened to a few more holiday stations while transporting the young miss to school today. This week’s radio count now stands at … Continue reading

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Checking Up On Secular Christmas

I haven’t been in the car much this week, but I did hear five Christmas songs on the way to lunch with my wife the other day. The Lord was mentioned explicitly in two of them. So the Jesus percentage … Continue reading

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Advent Music: E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come

If I were still directing an active ensemble of musicians and singers, I’d really want to program E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come. When I first heard this piece arranged and performed by the Modern Mandolin Quartet, I assumed it … Continue reading

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An Infusion of the Holy into Holiday Music

On the drive to Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, we tuned in to two of central Iowa’s “Christmas stations.” I told my wife about my plan to count mentions of Jesus in holidays music. I think she’s amused by little projects like … Continue reading

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Happy “Ghastly” Thankgiving

Which is your favorite thanksgiving song? Perhaps this “ghastly” arrangement of NUN DANKET? It’s a guilty pleasure to link it because the commentary is just so … And it goes to show you that not all young people have abandoned … Continue reading

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Seasonal Song Scorecard

My pastor preached well on Christ the King this past weekend. He spoke in passing of the vanishing mention of Jesus on his own holiday. I think that’s right. On the way home from pie and coffee tonight, we listened … Continue reading

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Majnun and Layla

I’ve been finding some musical gems online, especially some obscure Alan Hovhaness symphonies. One that’s vaulted to near the top of my list is the 24th. It’s long for one of this composer’s symphonies (over forty-seven minutes), and rarely among … Continue reading

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In Sterio

My wife and I enjoyed the flute duo In Sterio tonight in a concert on campus. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but quite enjoyable original music. One of the multimedia pieces we enjoyed is on YouTube here.

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Long Songs II: “Frozen Love”

Among rock guitarists, I’ve long admired the skills of Lindsey Buckingham above many other guitarists. He has some distinguishing traits, most notably playing with fingers rather than the flatpick. It was no accident that Fleetwood Mac took off after he … Continue reading

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Long Songs: “Traces of the Western Slopes”

Ever since I began collecting vinyl in my college days, I loved long songs. Not endless jams, mind you. But significant musical pieces that really gave an artist a palette on which to paint a significant story. Why? I listened to … Continue reading

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“In The Dark”

I will admit my fifth week of online Ignatian retreat isn’t going well in the sense of warm interior feelings and such. The reflection on sin is disturbing in any situation. I felt completely thrown for a loop with more … Continue reading

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Giving and Taking Away

Aging with grace. That is still ahead of me. I suppose if I continue blogging, you readers will see the aging, and if I’m unfortunate, the gracelessness of that. My wife is almost always too nice to be critical. She … Continue reading

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Reverse Musical Lobotomy

I played a wedding at a nearby parish. I was requested to play this song as a prelude for the singer to render. The lyrics did not give me confidence. A sample: Oh, come on girl, Who cares if we’re … Continue reading

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To Be Entertained, Or To Be Inspired?

Very interesting BBC piece on Robert Plant’s refusal to re-form Led Zeppelin to enrich himself and his ex-bandmates at the expense of a rabid fan base. (He was the lead singer, for those of you who don’t listen to Stone … Continue reading

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Soundtrack for the Fourth

Some quintessential music for the American holiday. Here’s some of what’s on my list for today: Ellington’s Black, Brown & Beige Suite Grofe’s Mississippi Suite Gershwin, just about anything Sierra Hull’s genius mandolin picking on her “Bombshell” Alison Krauss and … Continue reading

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