Category Archives: Music

Music Of The Trees 1: Sibelius

By accident or whatever, I’ve found music of trees crossing my path today. There’s a good bit of it all over, mostly in the so-called classical sphere. A new discovery for me are these five piano pieces from the opus 75 … Continue reading

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Star Dawn

In a liturgy/music/astronomy/science fiction mash-up, I’d like to nominate Alan Hovhaness’ mini-symphony “Star Dawn” for your December listening experience. From the review at a tribute site for the composer: In this work evoking space travel, bells symbolize the stars, flowing … Continue reading

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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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