A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 28


In recent years, I’ve made a point of posting the Lorica of St. Patrick in honor of the day’s feast. Past posts have included the famous version from Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, a setting of the middle section of the prayer by contemporary composer John Rutter, and a setting of that same section by also-contemporary composer Bernard Sexton. Today, though, [Read More...]

An Uncomfortably Challenging Quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


I can’t remember when I first stumbled across this quote, or how. It’s from his Gulag Archipelago, I think. And it’s been sort of bothering me ever since I read it. (Not because I disagree with it, but because I think it’s right. And because it’s hard.) “If only it were all so simple! If only there [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 27


I can never stay away from Bach for long. As evidenced by today’s selection, his “Komm, süßer Tod:” Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh! Komm führe mich in Friede, Weil ich der Welt bin müde, Ach komm! ich wart auf dich, Komm bald und führe mich, Drück mir die Augen zu. Komm, selge Ruh!  Come, sweet death, come blessed rest! Come lead [Read More...]

SSF: “Home Sweet Home”


I love me a good anthropomorphic tear-jerker. And today’s short film certainly fits that particular bill. (I was reminded of Disney’s animated adaptation of Virginia Lee Burton’s “The Little House” when I first saw this one. Similar in tone and even in look, though not quite as upbeat at the end.) The story of a house which escapes from its [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 26


Jumping the gun on St. Joseph’s feast just a bit, but I simply cannot help myself. And so, here’s another Bruckner motet for today, this time his soaring, searing “Os Justi Meditabitur.” (Bonus brass version HERE.) Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium. Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius: et non supplantabuntur gressus [Read More...]

Vietnamese Cave + DJI Phantom 2 Drone = Stunning Video


Full-Screen and HD and take it away! Stunning. The location is Hang Sơn Đoòng (“Mountain River Cave”) in Vietnam, and the short’s creator is Ryan Deboodt. And with a bit of help from Laughing Squid, the two of ‘em pretty much made my Sunday. Attribution(s): “Generic Vietnamese Cave” provided by Shutterstock. Although it’s hard to call anything as [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 25


In keeping with our (albeit brief) Saturday tradition, here is “Quando corpus morietur” from the Stabat Mater of Luigi Boccherini. (I didn’t even know Boccherini had a Stabat Mater until I started this project. Very cool!) Quando corpus morietur, Fac, ut animæ donetur Paradisi Gloria. Amen When my body dies Grant that to my soul is [Read More...]

Each Piano, A Masterpiece


For some strange reason (connected to reworking their podcast delivery system, I think), the folks at NPR Control sent me a sort-of-random podcast this week. From something they did back in 2011. Something from the folks at Morning Edition called “Musical Innovation: A Grander Grand Piano.” Best mistake ever. Most pianos have 88 keys. And most great [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 24


Today, “Christus Factus Est,” from Anton Bruckner. Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis. Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum et dedit illi nomen, Christ became obedient for us unto death, even to the death, death on the cross. Therefore God exalted Him and gave Him a name which is [Read More...]

SVS: “Grey Gardens”


View image | gettyimages.com “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, following a brief battle with cancer. Albert was a loving husband, father, brother as well as a friend to many. For more than five decades, Albert created groundbreaking films, inspired filmmakers and touched all those with his humanity, presence and his [Read More...]