Lutheran vs. other traditions’ Christmas songs

The latest Christmas offering from Hans Fiene at Lutheran Satire:

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You may now sing “Happy Birthday to You” for free

Did you know that when you sing “Happy Birthday to You,” unless you have paid royalties to Warner/Chappell Music, you have been violating the copyright law?  But no more.  A court has ruled that the song, based on an 1893 melody, is in the public domain.

The publishers do not pursue private uses of the song, but commercial uses, such as in movies, have been earning the company $2 million per year. [Read more…]

Songs that you cannot get out of your head

The Wall Street Journal has an article on recent research into “earworms,” those songs that you cannot get out of your head.  Usually, as we all know, those songs tend to be ones that we just hate!

I propose a diabolical discussion, one that is so fiendish that it will be the closest thing this blog will do to a Halloween observance:  In the comments, name songs that get stuck in your head.  I daresay that the very mention of them will get the tunes playing in the mental jukebox that is your brain, to your great torment.

If the prospect of that is too horrible for you, DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS. [Read more…]

When I’m 64

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Woman of the Reformation

I came across an interesting post from CPH from last winter about Elisabeth Cruciger, the first female Lutheran hymnwriter, who lived a fascinating life in the early days of the Reformation. [Read more…]

What’s the best way to teach violin?

My brother Jimmy, in response to my post about the Winfield music festival that we went to, made this comment and raised an interesting question:

A great time was had by all. I enjoyed visiting and picking with Fred, and you can count me in on your suggestion to have a Cranach campfire and jam session next year.

One of the things I would like to talk about is the O’Connor
Method of teaching violin. I started playing violin about five year ago. For the first year I took private lessons from a violin teacher using the Suzuki method. It was probably a good idea to learn the basic techniques and principles with private lessons. However, in the process I did learn something about the Suzuki method and I too share in the criticisms of this method voiced by Mark O’Connor. [Read more…]