Category Archives: Music

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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The Name of Jesus

The name of Jesus seems to have been coming up in my conversations today. I chided a commenter at PrayTell for referring to the cathedral as “Holy Shame.” Granted, I have used cute nicknames for songs and even the occasional … Continue reading

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My young friend Elise sang brilliantly at her senior recital this past weekend. Lots of classical stuff and the usual art songs. I was delighted with William Bolcom’s “Amor.” I don’t have a medium of my friend’s version, but I … Continue reading

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Music From Jordi Savall

Readers here know of my love of early music. This concert was broadcast on a French tv network and brings about fifty minutes of delightful ensemble work from one of my favorite musicians, Jordi Savall.

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Magnificent River

One of my favorite musicians is bassist Patrick O’Hearn. A few of his albums have passed onto and off my shelf over the years. Or is that into and out of my cd player? My wife doesn’t like his music … Continue reading

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Sorrowful Songs in the Cathedral

I’m surprised I’ve never blogged on this before, Henryk Gorecki’s Third Symphony. I have the best-selling version with Dawn Upshaw on cd, which still is the finest version of the ones I’ve heard. Recently I stumbled across this one on … Continue reading

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