Today’s Conclave Soundtrack: England’s Robert Johnson II

This afternoon, I’m calming my nerves (and ignoring the enormous Catholic elephant in the room) with a bit of Robert Johnson’s lute music, courtesy of my dad.
YouTube Preview ImageIt’s entirely possible that I’ve heard Johnson in the past, but I don’t think I’ve heard of him until I started to investigate this particular clip. The occasionally-reliable Wikipedia says that he “was an English composer and lutenist of the late Tudor and early Jacobean eras. He is sometimes called ‘Robert Johnson II’ to distinguish him from an earlier Scottish composer. Johnson worked with William Shakespeare providing music for some of his later plays.” He sounds a bit Dowland-y to me, which makes sense, given that they were both English lutenists and (largely) contemporaries.

On most any other day, the solo lute would grow a bit wearisome to my ears. But not today; today, it’s just what I need. Soothing my raggedy soul.

(That last image comes from Gregory Colbert’s “Ashes and Snow,” which I had the chance to see live a number of years ago. Amazing.)

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.


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