Category Archives: Music

Yellowjackets

When I was working my way through grad school, I spent a few years as a part-time jazz and classical announcer in public radio. I enjoyed both genres, but it was a real expansion working in an environment where I was … Continue reading

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On The Shore

Frequent commenter and friend Jimmy Mac forwarded me a letter to the editor of The Tablet. From Peter Stanford, it read, in part: We were so relieved when our local parish priest agreed that my dad could have a Catholic … Continue reading

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Hadestown

About every five years I run across music that rockets to the top of my favorite list. I listened to the first song from Anaïs Mitchell‘s folk opera Hadestown on YouTube. Then I paused and ordered the full cd online. … Continue reading

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Riu Riu Chiu

I was looking for a version of “Riu Riu Chiu” to share that I have on vinyl from the early 80’s. Not on YouTube. Maybe someday I’ll record my own version and post it here. The “nonsense” title is thought … Continue reading

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Imagine

To begin with, let me say “Imagine” is not one of my favorite John Lennon songs. From there, I’m not quite sure I would interpret it as godless, as Bishop Mark Davies did. “Heart-chilling” can be a drop of praise, … Continue reading

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Christmas Vindication, Sorrow, and a Symphony

Not many parishes adopt the Christmas Vigil readings these days. Perhaps that long genealogy is considered child-unfriendly material. The annunciation to Joseph, wonderful as that optional shorter portion may be, seems out of place. Get on with the baby Jesus … Continue reading

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Days To Christmas

My work computer is set to Yahoo as its automatic search page. It gives me a Christmas countdown every time I hop there. 20d 17h 22m 56s when I logged in this morning. So nice that my corporate masters at … Continue reading

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