Category Archives: Music

Anniversary Week

While I was at Mass Sunday night, the family signaled me of the Beatles love-fest on network tv here at home. The music, naturally, was great. I had a laugh at all the aging celebrities in the seats. If he … Continue reading

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Long Songs: “Bombshell”

Few musical genres express such a range as bluegrass. Maybe only the blues go deeper into human sorrow. But I can’t think of another style that gets human joy quite spot on. If you have some minutes today, check the … Continue reading

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What Inspires?

Another illustrative thread at the CMAA here. First a citation to an editorial that seems to confuse the decades: In the 1960s, many of our church leaders were seminarians.  It was a time when Gregorian chant was forcibly submerged below … Continue reading

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Does Romance Fit A Christian Christmas?

Jesus doesn’t seem to be faring well in my Christmas listening this week. One song out of eight today. I think it was some contemporary CW song. I didn’t catch the whole thing, but I heard “Jesus” and “prayer” clearly enough. You … Continue reading

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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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