Category Archives: Music

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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