“Five Flat Rocks”

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In case I didn’t convince you that $5 was a steal for some great gospel bluegrass from The Del McCoury Band, here’s a little more proof for your consideration. Just the thing to light up a dreary, damp Saturday morning: Israel rebelled in peril back in David’s time ‘Cause Goliath was the champion of the [Read More...]

Try Some Bluegrass Gospel: You’ll Like It

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Del McCoury is the best bluegrass vocalist alive, and perhaps the best ever. His voice is so pure, so high, so lonesome, it could cut glass. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who love the old sounds, it doesn’t get much better. I’ve seen Del live (in concert with the late great [Read More...]

Veni Veni

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I’m getting ready to sign off for Christmas in order to focus less on blogging and squabbling and news, and more on Jesus. I’d like to leave you with a little bit of music and beauty as I go. Latin is just a neat language. I don’t mean neat as in “cool,” like the kids [Read More...]

“The Winter It Is Past”

As I was shutting down for the night after the horrors of the day, this song returned to me, as it often does in times of sorrow. It was written by Rabbie Burns, and is sung by the incomparable Jean Redpath. For many of us, but most especially for the families of Newtown, the winter’s [Read More...]

“It’s not real: it’s Twitter”

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Yet another tempest in tweetcup exploded on Twitter yesterday after conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called out brain-dead fake-thug rapper “The Game” for his offensive album cover. The artwork depicts Jesus as a black gangsta type, mixing imagery of the Sacred Heart with typical thug-life iconography. It was offensive, and calculated to be so. It’s pure [Read More...]

Latin Hymns of Sublime Beauty

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At the end of my yawp against emotionally manipulative, phony, crass, pseudo-Christian pop culture, I linked to a clip from Beth Nielsen Chapman’s home-made album of traditional pre-Vatican II Latin hymns. A lot of people who should know about this album may not, so I wanted to give it it’s own post. Chapman is an extremely [Read More...]

How The Crescat Ruined My Day

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I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music. I don’t want to hear it until the day after Thanksgiving, and it must be gone by the time the tree is taken down, 12 days after Christmas. In between those two periods I have a few things I like well enough, such as: … as well [Read More...]

Truesound: Trying to Recreate the Original Baroque Organ Sound

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Europe has some 10,000 medieval and baroque organs. These monuments to the organ-makers’ art reflect the liturgical needs that gave rise to the organ. In order to be worthy for use in the liturgy, an instrument needed to be created which would use pipes and reeds to accompany and mimic the human voice. They’re also [Read More...]


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