Category Archives: Music

Mary FAQ FAQ

Or, When Is A Question Not A Question? One of the sidebars in the War on Christmas is the thrust and parry of commentary on semi-liturgical songs. “Mary Did You Know” is a popular battlefield for Catholics. In parishes, I get … Continue reading

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Exile Symphony

Some Advent music to consider, the First Symphony of Alan Hovhaness. The first movement is here by the Seattle Symphony, a more sympathetic recording than Leopold Stokowski’s 1942 version with the NBC Orchestra. From that link you can get to … Continue reading

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Why Christians Sing

As I was reacquainting myself with some of Dr Paul Ford‘s introduction to By Flowing Waters, I was struck by the end of his introduction. He relates the final days of Maximilian Kolbe in the Nazi hunger bunker at Auschwitz, … Continue reading

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One Thing At A Time

As I’ve gotten back into flapping my arms in front of a group of singers the past fourteen months, I’ve been scouring the net as well as a library of music publications here in my office. I look for any … Continue reading

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2 Capos

Lots of guitar players have more capos than instruments. Unlike most rock gods, I have only one guitar. So I don’t have multiple instruments in alternate tunings ready to go from the roadie’s hand. Here’s my solution for drop-G tuning … Continue reading

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Resignation

One of my favorite early American tunes is Resignation. When I was speaking to a customer service contact at WLP/Paluch yesterday, she mentioned that many samples of instrumental music in their catalogue are online, including this fine arrangement by James … Continue reading

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Visions of Andromeda

Some of my listening today: Symphony 48 of Alan Hovhaness. There’s a lot of familiar musical stuff here to the composer’s followers. Perhaps including his interest in astronomy, considering the subtitle: Visions of Andromeda. I wonder if he means the mythological … Continue reading

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