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.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Music
My favorite instruments to play these days. Using the one on the bottom to tune the one on top.
Leaving off the cynicism, let me offer some music for a Monday of Holy Week, this live performance of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten. The composer speaks on his style: The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I … Continue reading
This morning, as I was reconnecting favorite sites on my browser, I ran across a YouTube channel for one of my favorite musical groups, Ensemble Polaris (image, left). What a fantastic collection of insanely different musical instruments and styles. Highly commended. … Continue reading
What do you string players make of the thought of utilizing spider silk for violin strings? BBC news bit and sample audio here. There is a species of spider known as “violin spiders,” (image, right) but Shigeyoshi Osaki used a … Continue reading
Since I’m reflecting on parish fun, I thought I’d share an image of our occasional jazz band, the Parisian Thoroughfares. This was snapped at the recent auction/dinner/dance. Our singer Anna and drummer Adam are rather obscured. I’m not at all … Continue reading
Last night I went clubbing for the first time in years, if not decades. My cousin Sam from back east was passing through Iowa on the way to a week-long series of gigs in Colorado with his band, Thunder Body. … Continue reading
One of our students accompanied the 7pm Sunday Mass, and I got to spend Supe Sunday with the family for the first time in a few years. The game was entertainment enough for me, though I rather dislike both teams. … Continue reading
Iowa State’s music & theatre department hosted a “75th Birthday Celebration” tonight. My wife and I left the young miss at home and enjoyed an evening of music. I’ve enjoyed listening to Philip Glass since the mid-80′s. When I saw … Continue reading
The young miss is older, so this home blessing doesn’t get the mileage it once did. Another one is here. But don’t forget the singing. I like this dialogue from it: ONE: Peace be to this house! ALL: And to … Continue reading
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. … Continue reading
This news was welcome to read. I saw it referenced at the Anchoress’s pad as well as the Chant Café. The Holy Father: She brought a woman’s insight to the mysteries of the faith. In her many works she contemplated … Continue reading
An interesting episode retold where a prominent conservative insists on having the Pie Jesu sung at his wedding. I was reminded of a recent p0st on PrayTell (can’t find it) where another priest bemoaned a few encounters with neo-traditional Catholics. … Continue reading
My friends know I enjoy early music. I really appreciate small ensembles. This YouTube video features about a half hour of the fine musician Jordi Savall. If I were younger, I would covet a viola da gamba. Remarkably versatile instrument. … Continue reading
I hope you church musicians in the readership celebrated St Cecilia Day well. Over the lunch hour, I attended an organ recital at our mother parish. My friend Bob Hauser is a superlative pastoral musician, and he treated a few … Continue reading