A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 34


Dropping back down into the Russians for a moment. (And when I say “down,” I’ve definitely got the Basso Profondos on my mind. The legendary Vladimir Pavlovich Pasyukov, in this case.) The key change that starts around 0:45 is just spine-tingling. Here’s the aforementioned Pavel Chesnokov’s “We Praise Thee.” Attribution(s): “Vladimir Pasyoukov” by Cormag100 is licensed under CC BY-SA [Read More...]

SSF: “Head Over Heels”


In early 2013, director Timothy Reckart’s wonderful stop-motion short, Head Over Heels, was part of a ridiculously good class of Best Animated Short nominations at the 85th Academy Awards. John Kahrs’ Paperman (the clear front-runner in the days leading up to the show and the eventual winner) remains the most widely-known of that year’s offerings, while Minkyu Lee’s Adam [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 33


For today’s musical meditation, English composer Thomas Tomkin’s “I Heard a Voice.” I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, From henceforth, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: Even so, saith the Spirit: for they rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Attribution(s): “John on Patmos” by [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 32


Returning to my ancestral roots with “Quis Est Homo,” plucked from one of Czech composer František Ignác Antonín Tůma’s five setting of the “Stabat Mater.” (Yep. Five. Also, the whole setting is really wonderful. So HERE.) Quis est homo qui non fleret,Matrem Christi si videretIn tanto supplicio? Quis non posset contristari,Christi Matrem contemplariDolentem cum Filio? Is there one [Read More...]

The Moving Genius of Akira Kirusowa


View image | gettyimages.com Yes, I have already written about Tony Zhou’s web series, “Every Frame a Painting.” Yes, he has released a new episode, “Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement.” Yes, it’s amazing. What else were you expecting his Kurosawa-themed analysis to be? Yes, I’m sharing it with you. I have to live with myself, after all. [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 31


Antonio Lotti’s “Crucifixus.” The whole piece is powerful stuff, but I would call your attention in particular to the section that begins at the 1:50 mark, where Lotti transitions from “Pontio Pilato” to the suffering and burial of Christ. An astonishing moment. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato: Passus, et sepultus est. He was [Read More...]

SVS: “The Station Agent”


“It’s funny how people see me and treat me, since I’m really just a simple, boring person.” If Tom McCarthy were to make nothing but Bay-y, FX-laden action thrillers from now ’til the end of his career, his debut film would still provide me with enough evidence to forever defend him as an “Actors’ Director.” I speak, of course, [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 30


I’m always amazed at how little music there is that has been written in honor of Saint Joseph. Somehow, I suspect he’s pleased by that fact. But at the same time, it makes finding an appropriate musical selection for today’s feast a bit of a challenge. (I couldn’t very well ignore it, could I? It’s [Read More...]

Using the Next Five Seconds to Make Your Internet World a Bit More Beautiful


I spend a lot of time on the InterWebs. A frightening amount of time, really. And the vast majority of that time — almost 100% — is spent in Chrome. With somewhere between 100 and 1,000,000 tabs open at once. (I’m exaggerating. But only slightly.) Yes, it can be a bit mind-numbing. (Or in my case, “mind”-numbing.) [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 29


Sticking with the film composer theme I started yesterday, here an instrumental meditation from Polish composer/Gorecki compatriot Wojciech Kilar, written for the 1991 film based on the last days of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Zycie za zycie (Life for Life). I’ve never seen the film (though Steven Greydanus’ various pieces encourage me to remedy that fact), but the soundtrack has been [Read More...]