Paul the Gentiles’ Apostle

This bit of musical satire emerged from the course on Paul and the Early Church that I taught this semester. Some may just get a kick out of it, but others may be truly happy to have a Biblical alternative to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Either way, I hope you enjoy it! [Read more...]

The Very Model of a Biblical Philologist

Josh Tyra made this delightful video. David Lamb and Darrell Pursiful brought it to my attention. It is a parody of a famous Gilbert and Sullivan song. Mandaic gets a mention! [Read more...]

Only God

When my pastor recently did a sermon series about controversial topics, I initially wanted to write songs that explored each theme. It soon became clear that that was not a realistic goal. But having found that there were few songs actually about monotheism, and that subject being a scholarly research interest of mine, I did take a stab [Read More...]

Doctor Who Song

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St. Jerome Song

I had it pointed out to me recently that there is a song about St. Jerome. And so here it is. [Read more...]

(Learning) From a Distance

This is the follow-up to my song parody about online learning, “Message Sent on Moodle,” although I actually had the idea for doing a parody of “From a Distance” on this topic first. Hope you enjoy it. Here are the lyrics: From A Distance From a distance An online course can seem Like something that [Read More...]

Half Life

The YouTube video above is of a very rough recording (one take, live, just me and a guitar) of a rough draft of a song that I started writing a while ago, when a niece of mine died. It was at that point just some rough ideas, snippets of lyrics, articulated as an outlet for [Read More...]

Islamo-Christian Music: Ave and Adhan

Via the blog Chibzuieli, I learned of the above combination of the Ave Maria and the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer. It doesn’t work fantastically well musically speaking, but the very act of combining the two is interesting from the perspective of interreligious dialogue, especially coming (as this arrangement and performance does) from Lebanon. [Read More...]

End of the World (Asia)

Click the above to listen to the song by the progressive rock band Asia. Here are the lyrics: “End Of The World” Buildings burning, blazing in the night Searchlight sweeping, lazer beams of light Desolation, smoke has filled the sky Siren wailing, who can hear my cry? So the darkness leaves me never And the [Read More...]

“Let It Go” in Ancient Greek

Click on the above to watch the video on YouTube (I’m still having trouble getting videos to embed in blog posts). HT Chad Bauman [Read more...]

Immortality (Korngold)

From the song cycle Unvergänglichkeit op.27 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, one of my favorite composers. Here is another YouTube video of the same song. [Read more...]


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