Category Archives: Todd's music

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Pope Francis and Others on Tobit

Liam noted this link to Pope Francis preaching on Tobit, which is embedded in the daily Roman Lectionary these days. From the Holy Father: Two just people who live dramatic situations. The first is blinded despite his performing good works, … Continue reading

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Meet Susanna Today

Today’s Roman Lectionary offers a stark contrast to yesterday’s cycle C gospel. On Sunday, a woman is accused of a crime she did commit. Today, another woman is accused, but she is innocent. Daniel the prophet to the rescue in … Continue reading

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The Whole Musical

You can now experience the dress rehearsal of my musical Tobit: The Path of Virtue on YouTube. Sometime later today, I’ll post the timing-starts for the individual songs.

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Tobiah and Sarah on the Wedding Night

A video segment from dress rehearsal last year. “Raphael Binds the Demon” plus “Marriage Prayer.” TOBIAH Blessed are you. God of our ancestors, blessed forever is your holy name. Let the heavens praise you, and all your creation for evermore. … Continue reading

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Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things

The 126th comes up in the 30th Ordinary Sunday Lectionary, cycle B, the end of next month. I appreciate the assistance of my friend Lynette who rendered my setting nicely: The Lord Has Done Great Things Note: Gratis permission is … Continue reading

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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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Psalm 146: Praise The Lord, My Soul

Twice this Fall, Psalm 146:7-10 appears in the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. After the first reading on September 9th (23rd Ordinary Sunday) as well as November 11th (32nd Ordinary Sunday). I lassoed my new friend Lynette to sing a … Continue reading

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Remembering

My older brother passed away a year ago today. My wife puts stock in anniversaries. I didn’t do that, but I wonder … Yesterday I attended a meeting with the same group that met the day I got word of … Continue reading

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Magnificat, St Columba

Keeping on the theme of Marian songs this month, I thought I’d post this recording my friend Katherine and I did a few years ago of my metrical Magnificat text set to the tune of St Columba. I don’t consider … Continue reading

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String Trio

Playing around a bit on my lunch hour with some software and downloading capabilities. I thought I’d serenade (briefly) visitors with a string trio prelude I wrote as something of a composition exercise about fifteen years ago. I think I … Continue reading

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Ruth: The Path of Loyalty

Iowa State Commencement today marks the end of an academic year. I’ve already had to say goodbye to a number of students. And with last month’s Holy Week, Triduum, Confirmation, and First Communion squarely behind us at the parish, we … Continue reading

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Ruth of the Dust Bowl

A bit of discernment ahead. If any readers would like to chime in, I’d appreciate. I’ve fielded a serious suggestion to set my next Bible musical in modern or near-modern times. Naomi and her family leave their rural homestead for … Continue reading

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Cast and Band

I do miss the frenetic pace of rehearsal and production. I thought I had posted these images, but only on Facebook. Anyway, the cast group image above, the band below. Meanwhile, the current draft of Ruth: The Path of Loyalty … Continue reading

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Raphael

Doesn’t the angel present a dashing figure? I had lunch with Tobit’s musical director today. I was missing rehearsal and lamenting my first free Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings in two-and-a-half months. So we commiserated over Thai food and talked … Continue reading

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Good Over Evil: Raphael Binds the Demon

Raphael versus Asmodeus. Tobiah, mindful of Raphael’s instructions, took the fish’s liver and heart from the bag where he had them, and put them on the embers intended for incense. The odor of the fish repulsed the demon, and it … Continue reading

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