This One’s For Educational Purposes ONLY…

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…and by “ONLY,” I mean “This video comes from a YouTube channel that describes itself as ‘music examples for teaching and study purposes, uploaded by members of the Music Department at English Martyrs’ Catholic School, Leicester, UK’ and this might not be exactly a teaching ‘purpose,’ strictly speaking, but I’ve been looking for it for [Read More...]

Parked By the Jukebox: James Hill on a Ukulele

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This is amazing stuff. So amazing, in fact, that my instinctive response was: “That’s got to be fake.” And then he dove right into “Billie Jean.” Gosh. His name’s James Hill, he’s a ukulele player (and HOW!), a Canadian, and — as his website describes him — “a man on a musical mission.” I’m not quite sure [Read More...]

“Grim Grinning Ghosts” and the Magic of Thurl Ravenscroft

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For no particular reason other than because it’s a bit October-y and I like to post thematically/seasonally-appropriate music from time to time and because, unlike Tom McDonald, I don’t know country music much, dark or otherwise. Also, because I was recently listening to NPR’s “All Songs Considered” fascinating podcast with John Congleton and he brought [Read More...]

“Miserere” by Henryk Górecki

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In the past, I have written about the terrible tragedy memorialized today. As the years pass, though, I find myself less and less inclined to do so. Not because the day’s events have faded from my memory or because they seem somehow less significant today than they did then, but because my words seems increasingly faded and insignificant in [Read More...]

Parked By the Jukebox: Great Big Sea’s “Heart of Hearts”

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Great Big Sea is great big fun. They’ve been described as a “Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, which draw from the island’s 500-year-old Irish, Scottish, and Cornish heritage,” and that pretty much nails it. Especially the “energetic” part. I can’t remember when I first [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Doug Wood” Edition

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The following comments are offered without irony (if not entirely without guilt): That’s musician Doug Wood performing his own work, “Eye of the Needle.” I stumbled across his music (and unusual technique) on our local NPR station some months ago and was immediately intrigued. He’s got a few albums out there – including one called “Cellocentric,” which must [Read More...]

Unforgettable Cuts: “Clancy’s Theme,” by Bruce Rowland

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The Bruce Rowland-penned score for The Man from Snowy River is fantastic, and a significant factor in the film’s status as A Fast Favorite of the Susanka Seven. Yes, I’m sure the whips and horses and the insane plunge down the cliffside are all part of its charm, as well. But the soundtrack is spectacular. [Read More...]

“Jubilate Deo!”

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He is risen! Sound the trumpets! Jubilate Deo omnis terra, quia sic benedicetur homo qui timet Dominum. Jubilate Deo omnis terra. Deus Israel conjungat vos et ipse sit vobiscum. Mittat vobis auxilium de sancto, et de Sion tueatur vos. Jubilate Deo omnis terra. Benedicat vobis Dominus ex Sion, qui fecit caelum et terram. Jubilate Deo [Read More...]

Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s “Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah”

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I’m unfamiliar with this work. In fact, I’m unfamiliar with this composer. Strange stuff, indeed. Yet that strangeness seems entirely appropriate for the day. Even though they come each year, Holy Saturday’s strange absences are as uncomfortable and unsettling to me as anything I’ve ever experienced. Just as they should be. Attribution(s): “Disciples Running” by [Read More...]

John IV of Portugal’s “Crux Fidelis”

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Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis: nulla silva talem profert, fronde, flore, germine. Dulce lignum, dulces clavos, dulce pondus sustinet. TRANSLATION: Faithful cross, above all other, One and only noble tree: None in foliage, none in blossom, None in fruit thy peer may be. Sweetest wood and sweetest iron, Sweetest weight is hung on [Read More...]


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