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...]

Amazing Grace (Broadway in Chicago)

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to see the musical Amazing Grace at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago. It is based on the story of John Newton, who wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace.” But it isn’t focused on the hymn (although echoes of its familiar melody are woven into the score once [Read More...]

Open Hearts in Bethlehem

I am extremely grateful to IVP for sending me a review copy of Open Hearts in Bethlehem: A Christmas Drama. Ever since I read his Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke, I have had an enormous appreciation for Kenneth Bailey’s scholarship on the cultural background to [Read More...]

Les Jedis Miserables

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Les Misérables

Tonight I finally watched the movie version of the musical Les Misérables. It was wonderful. I had heard great things about Anne Hathaway’s performance and having gone in with high expectations, I was not disappointed. I had also heard terrible things about Russell Crowe’s singing, and while having gone in expecting it to be awful, I [Read More...]

Les Misérables: The College Parody

Via Inside Higher Ed, I discovered this parody of Les Misérables which depicts instead the despair not of young revolutionaries in France in a bygone era, but young graduates in the present day: I think the video simultaneously makes a useful point, and undermines it, illustrating in the process what education is really for. On the [Read More...]


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