Bob Dylan and his interview with AARP

Bob Dylan gives his first interview in three years to the AARP magazine, in which he talks about virtue, God’s leading, and his new album of Frank Sinatra standards.

As a teenager, I could never, in my most fevered adolescent imaginations, conceive of that sentence or any part of it being written about Bob Dylan.  Nor could I conceive of myself, 45 years later, appreciating what he says so much.

But you’ve got to read the interview, excerpted and linked after the break.  It’s thoughtful, revealing, and musically perceptive.  You can also hear a track from the new album, Shadows in the Night, to be released February 3.  Bob is singing it, crooning it, to the background of a five piece band with steel guitar, and it sounds lovely. [Read more...]

The very model of a Biblical philologist

After the jump, Biblical scholarship by way of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I am the very model of a modern major-general.” [Read more...]

Lessons And Carols

“Lessons and Carols” is a Christmas service consisting of nine Bible readings punctuated by the singing of Christmas carols.  It’s a simple service that goes back to 1918 featuring the choir of King’s College in Cambridge, which has been performing it every year except 1930 ever since.   BBC began broadcasting it in 1928, and listening to it on Christmas Eve has become a tradition for many citizens of Great Britain and its Commonwealth.   Churches often put it on.  So do Christian colleges.  But many families do it themselves for family devotions.  (For more background, go here and here.)

Cheryl Magness writes about it in the Federalist and says what it means to her and her family.  I’ll link to it after the jump and give her “Five Reasons” to attend a Lessons & Carols service.  She also says where you can listen to it live from King’s College on December 24 at 10:00 a.m., replayed at other times. [Read more...]

Christmas Songs

Cheryl Magness offers Twelve Of The Best Christmas Songs You May Not Have Heard.  She includes YouTube videos of the performances, and listening to them is a Christmas meditation in itself.

What are your favorite Christmas songs?  Give them, along your criteria for what makes them so good.

HT:  Mary Moerbe


Cranach Hour of Music airs Sunday

Lori Lewis sent me this update about when the Cranach Hour of Music will be featured at the online radio station Wittenberg Nightingale:

The Cranach Hour of Music is a Meditation on Mary’s Magnificat. Many and various Composers have used her words over the centuries to Glorify the Lord in song. Join us for this special hour of music that includes two short devotions on the theme by Pastor Warren Graff of Grace Lutheran Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The hour will air this Sunday (12/14) at 10am Eastern Time, 5pm Eastern Time, and 11pm Eastern Time via Katie Luther Project internet radio station Wittenberg Nightingale.

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The Cranach hour of music

When we blogged about the Wittenberg Nightingale,  the all-Lutheran online radio channel, the number of listeners shot up into the stratosphere.  So founder Lori Lewis said that as a gesture of thanks, she would set aside a block of programming and bill it as “brought to you by” the Cranach Institute!  The hour will be devoted to the Magnificat.

It will start TONIGHT from 7:30-9:30 ET (in about 20 minutes!).  But it will be repeated three times a day for the next two weeks.  Go here.  More details after the jump. [Read more...]