Music From the Sorrowing Earth of Qumran

Jim Davila mentioned this piece, “From Sorrowing Earth” by Nigel Butterley, on his blog recently, indicating that the composer was inspired to write another piece, “In the Head the Fire,” by the War Scroll from Qumran. I have not tracked down a recording of the latter piece – if anyone can point me in the [Read More…]

How To Write a Song

Via Daniel Florien, I became aware of the video above, “How To Write a Worship Song” in five minutes or less. I’ve been doing some songwriting lately, and so I appreciated the humor. But the truth is that much human music, secular or sacred, is the same chord progressions with some pinky movements, and lyrics [Read More…]

Celestial Gate

An amazingly beautiful composition by 20th century composer Alan Hovhaness, his Symphony No. 6, “Celestial Gate.” [Read more…]


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