William Blezard, The River

There is no other reason I am sharing this other than that I think it is a wonderful piece of music. Please do let me know whether you enjoy it too!   [Read more…]

The Cave

The above piece by Steve Reich takes its inspiration from the shared sacred site marking the burial place of Abraham. It is one of the sites in the Holy Land that made the biggest impression on me. On the one hand, Hebron today is a place of serious tensions. Visiting, one sees Palestinian homes from which [Read More…]

Enoch on Salome

The Enoch Seminar website includes a subsection devoted to the figure of Salome – who was obviously part of my course on the Bible and music last semester. Here is the link: http://www.4enoch.org/wiki4/index.php?title=Category:Salome_(subject) It was in the process of looking for a musical snippet from among those mentioned on the Enoch Seminar site that I found [Read More…]

LibCats Performance

Here’s the audio of the full performance of the LibCats at the opening ceremonies of the Butler Summer Games on Wednesday. I set a video camera somewhere hoping to be able to share a video of the performance. However, some of my colleagues ended up playing giant Jenga in between the camera and the band! And so here [Read More…]

Viva La Library Live

This is a recording of the first ever live performance of the information literacy song, Viva La Library. This took place at the opening ceremony of the Butler Summer Games on May 10th, 2017. Performed by the LibCats.   [Read more…]

Steve Reich, Tehillim

Indiana University has an interesting archive featuring Steve Reich’s exploration of the Psalms. And the recent Past Forward composer spotlight on Reich is also very interesting. [Read more…]

Tõnu Kõrvits

Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits set the above traditional hymns in a new way. You can hear more of his work on his Soundcloud page: Here are two recordings of the same movement from his “Songs from the Song of Songs”: [Read more…]

Tolkien Have Mercy

Dănuţ Mănăstireanu drew my attention to the video above. It is striking how its creator felt that this music – Kyrie Eleison – fit well in conjunction with scenes from the Lord of the Rings. What do you make of the juxtaposition? [Read more…]

Michael Kiefer, Psalm 22

The composer wrote the piece after experiencing the death of his child. [Read more…]

The Residents – Wormwood

Perhaps the most unusual example of Biblically-themed music that I have come across in my explorations of that intersection… [Read more…]