80s Rock Music for Worship

I had toyed with some reworked versions of 80s songs for use in church before – “Hosanna” to the tune of Rosanna by Toto, and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” to the tune of Open Arms by Journey. My pastor left a comment on my wall on Facebook, suggesting that we do a whole service, [Read More...]

Learn Musical Intervals With John Williams

Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.” It struck me recently to look into whether one can do this limiting oneself to John Williams’ film scores: Half step (ascending): Jaws [Read More...]

Amazing Grace Sunday

At Crooked Creek Baptist Church today we celebrated “Amazing Grace Sunday,” which included multiple versions of the traditional hymn and other songs that had some connection to that hymn or its theme. I don’t have a recording, but here are some videos from YouTube to give you a hint of what was involved. We opened the service with a [Read More...]

Mandaean Music

One of the best questions I was asked after my recent talk about the Mandaeans was from a music professor, who asked whether the Mandaeans have a distinctive musical tradition. I did not know the answer, and still do not, but the question is an important one, and I hope that some musicologist might one [Read More...]

Doubt (Work of Wolves)

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New Star Wars Holiday Album

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Une Nuit de Mai by Charles Loeffler

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It’s Official

Today’s Speed Bump cartoon. [Read more...]

Grammar, Music Theory, and Religion

The rules of grammar are often flouted by those who do not know them. But they are also often misunderstood by those who judge people who express themselves in ungrammatical ways. There is no static grammar, because languages evolve. There was a time when languages were rarely written, and even today speaking is more common [Read More...]

Natko Devčić – Ballade for piano and orchestra

This lovely example of 20th century romanticism by Croatian composer Natko Devčić first came to my attention a few days ago. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   [Read more...]

Late to Love

When I heard that Sam Rocha, fellow Patheos blogger, was releasing what he called an “Augustinian soul album,” how could I not be intrigued? And so, when I heard that he was looking for reviewers to listen to and blog about the album before its release, I jumped at the opportunity. The album is called [Read More...]