Category Archives: Todd's music

original compositions and arrangements

Psalm 116: Our Blessing Cup

A featured Psalm for the Triduum does not come up often in the Sunday cycle. I suppose it could be done during Communion now and then. My friend Brian does a nice job from this past Holy Thursday’s time of … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 86

It shouldn’t be a surprise that most of the psalms chosen for the Pastoral Care Lectionary fall in the genre of lament. The 86th is a lovely work. It makes a weekly appearance in Compline on Monday night. In my … Continue reading

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Psalm 118: Alleluia, Your Mercy

One side benefit to having streaming and recorded liturgy at my parish is that I can get certain things peeled off the long feed if I like them. My friend Brian shared Psalm 118 with me last weekend, and we … Continue reading

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Psalm 4: Lord, Let Your Face

One of our parishioners captured one of my new compositions, a setting of Psalm 4, nicely led by one of our parish’s fine singers, Norie. The psalmists at my parish are very patient with new compositions, and in turn, I … Continue reading

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Ruth Shapes Up

Image credit. I have two big numbers left to finish. The finale has been started for a few years, but I’m still stuck. That usually means it’s an opportunity to junk it and start from scratch. But it’s hard to … Continue reading

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At Bethlehem Gate

I was listening to an NPR piece about that new musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, and as the discussion about a few specifics unfolded, it called to mind that fun opening piece from The Music Man. You … Continue reading

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Farewell Concert

Don’t know how many readers I have in the vicinity, but next Thursday some friends and I will be doing a concert. Tentative line-up: Day Is Done (AR HYD Y NOS, James Quinn, SJ) Meditation on Thais (Jules Massenet) Be … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Cuing Passion Responses

PrayTell is discussing the theoretical role for the assembly in the Passion narratives of Palm Sunday and Good Friday. That’s explored territory on this blog. Liam offered a significant contribution, though: What happens when the assembly is given a “part” … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and Others on Tobit

Liam noted this link to Pope Francis preaching on Tobit, which is embedded in the daily Roman Lectionary these days. From the Holy Father: Two just people who live dramatic situations. The first is blinded despite his performing good works, … Continue reading

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Meet Susanna Today

Today’s Roman Lectionary offers a stark contrast to yesterday’s cycle C gospel. On Sunday, a woman is accused of a crime she did commit. Today, another woman is accused, but she is innocent. Daniel the prophet to the rescue in … Continue reading

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The Whole Musical

You can now experience the dress rehearsal of my musical Tobit: The Path of Virtue on YouTube. Sometime later today, I’ll post the timing-starts for the individual songs.

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Tobiah and Sarah on the Wedding Night

A video segment from dress rehearsal last year. “Raphael Binds the Demon” plus “Marriage Prayer.” TOBIAH Blessed are you. God of our ancestors, blessed forever is your holy name. Let the heavens praise you, and all your creation for evermore. … Continue reading

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Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things

The 126th comes up in the 30th Ordinary Sunday Lectionary, cycle B, the end of next month. I appreciate the assistance of my friend Lynette who rendered my setting nicely: The Lord Has Done Great Things Note: Gratis permission is … Continue reading

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The Goodness of the Lord

I composed this psalm for friends over twenty-seven years ago. I noticed the comment from a visitor asking about a musical setting of Psalm 33 for a wedding. I have an audio of my psalm setting here: The Goodness of the Lord … Continue reading

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Psalm 146: Praise The Lord, My Soul

Twice this Fall, Psalm 146:7-10 appears in the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. After the first reading on September 9th (23rd Ordinary Sunday) as well as November 11th (32nd Ordinary Sunday). I lassoed my new friend Lynette to sing a … Continue reading

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