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...]

The all-Lutheran music channel

The multi-talented Lori Lewis has launched an internet radio channel devoted to Lutheran music.  That is to say, to 16th and 17th century sacred music with lots of hymns, chorales, and Bach.  The channel is called Wittenberg Nightingale, after an epithet for Luther from the poet Hans Sachs, and is a spinoff of Lori’s Katie Luther project, the opera about Luther’s wife. [Read more...]

Luther rap

For Reformation week. . .

The sound an atom makes

The ancients believed that the planets and stars were on crystalline spheres, whose turning created harmonics equivalent to our musical notes.  Hence, “the music of the spheres,” signifying the aesthetic order of the cosmos.   We don’t have that cosmology anymore, but we do have quantum physics.  Scientists have isolated the vibration and thus sound of a single atom.  It is the musical note, D. [Read more...]