Saying “Good-Bye” to Sherlock Holmes

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Stand with me here upon the terrace, for it may be the last quiet talk that we shall ever have. A friend who knows that I’m a) just a bit of a movie fan(atic), and b) that I’m almost as much of a fan(atic) when it comes to Sherlock Holmes, recently asked for my thoughts on the [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 22

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Today, the beautiful “Abendlied,” by Josef Rheinberger, which draws its brief text from Luke’s account of the Supper at Emmaus: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, und der Tag hat sich geneiget. Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over. Attribution(s): “Christ at Emmaus” (by Rembrandt) is licensed under [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 21

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Sticking with the English for a bit, here’s Henry Purcell’s “Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences” (from his Funeral Sentences). I would call special attention to the 1:35-1:45 section — the desperately discordant “spare us” and the wonderful resolution of “good Lord.” Brilliant stuff. “Remember not, Lord, our offences, nor th’offences of our forefathers; neither take thou vengeance on [Read More...]

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Half Disco, Half Exercise (Totally!)

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Here’s a quote I heard breathlessly shouted by David (The Fourth Son) this past weekend, as he and James (The Fifth Son) were playing Just Dance 2 on their Wii. Half of this is us learning to disco, but half of it is TOTALLY exercise!!! Yup. He really-truly speaks that way. Excited and euphoric and filled with boundless enthusiasm, [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 20

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Today’s musical meditation comes from the great Thomas Tallis and is about as traditionally Lenten as one can be (at least musically): The Lamentations of Jeremiah. I’m sharing this particular recording for two reasons. The first? While I’m usually a More-Is-More kind of guy, I really love the tightness and sparseness of this version. And second? [Read More...]

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SSF: “Tic Toc”

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In honor of Count Rugen’s favorite day of the year – aka, the bane of any parent who’s struggling to bring consistency to their children’s sleeping habits — today’s short deals with time. And with losing it. Or maybe just running out of it, unexpectedly. It comes from a Swedish stop-motion animator known as “Guldies,” and has [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 19

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A short (but wonderfully sweet) setting of the Our Father from the famous Frenchman, Maurice Duruflé. Notre Père qui es aux cieux,que ton nom soit sanctifié,que ton règne vienne,que ta volonté soit faite sur la terrecomme au ciel.Donne nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour,pardonne-nous nos offensescomme nous pardonnons aussi à ceuxqui nous ont offensés,et ne nous [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 18

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“Virgo virginum praeclara” from Agustino Steffani’s Stabat Mater. Virgo virginum præclara,mihi iam non sis amara,fac me tecum plangere. Virgin of all virgins blest,Listen to my fond request,let me share thy grief divine. Attribution(s): “Crucifixion” by Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin and licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons;” Bells” via Shutterstock. [Read more...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 17

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Taking things in a different direction once again — tacking away from yesterday’s Early (If Strange) Sacred Music — for something much more recent. Something even more unusual (despite the undeniable strangeness of Gesualdo). And something that is also, in a bit of a departure from my prior selections, much longer. It’s the nearly-contemporary (1981, [Read More...]

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SVS: “20 Feet from Stardom”

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This year’s Oscar-winning documentary, Citizenfour, is not currently available for streaming. At least not legally. Yet. Unless you’ve got HBOGo. A couple of the others — Last Days in Vietnam and Finding Vivian Maier – can be rented from Amazon Instant. And Virunga belongs to Netflix, so it’s available. But the winner? Nope. No can do. So if you [Read More...]

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