Category Archives: Music

Astronomers in Music

I’ve long been aware of Garrett Fisher’s opera Stargazer, which presents the confrontation of Galileo and Church authorities. This piece from the production illustrates the composer’s style with voice and instruments. Others are on YouTube, I noticed. Four years before … Continue reading

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Rehearsal By Card

Adapting to ministry in my new parish has been a personal challenge. Seven months now of listening most carefully to musicians, especially singers. As for rehearsals, I would take for granted the notion of warming up. But I find that … Continue reading

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Frederic’s Folly

This day tripped up a young pirate and his love: I bound myself to serve the pirate captain Until I reached my one-and-twentieth birthday … Some countries have legal provisions for those born on Leap Day. Otherwise you’ll have to … Continue reading

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The Innocence Mission

So often I find I’m late to the party on good new music. There’s little to be found on commercial radio. But not none. Sometimes I listen to a series of songs on YouTube and find myself noticing that right-hand … Continue reading

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The Passing of Heroes

Not just mine, but other people’s. And even people I don’t consider as heroes. My brother passed around on facebook a meme or two that expressed a certain wishfulness about David Bowie and Glenn Frey and a certain reality-tv clan, … Continue reading

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Early Instruments and Voices

Jordi Savall has an extensive schedule of recording and giving concerts. Many of the latter are available on YouTube, including this one from 1998 I hadn’t heard. I enjoy the creative mix of instruments and voices a bit more than … Continue reading

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Long Exposure

A dotCommonweal essayist mentions reading an author’s entire output of novels over a year. Interesting. Earlier this year, I reviewed Antonín Dvořák’s last three symphonies a few times, listening consecutively over an evening or afternoon. Last month, I planned to spend some time … Continue reading

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