A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 5


Since we’re already in Tchaikovsky territory (thanks to yesterday’s post), here’s #8 of his Nine Sacred Pieces: “Let My Prayer Arise.” Da ispravitsya molitva moya, yako kadilo pred Toboyu: vozdeyanie ruku moeyu, zhertva vechernyaya. Gospodi, vozzvakh k Tebe, uslïshi mya: vonmi glasu moleniya moyego, vnegda vozzvati mi k Tebe. Polozhi, Gospodi, khranenie ustom moim: i [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 4


Because yesterday’s Mendelssohn reminded me so much of Russian sacred music (and because today is Our Lady’s Day), I find myself moving fairly straight-forwardly to the fifth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 9 Sacred Pieces, the gorgeous “It Is Truly Meet.” Достойно есть, яко воистину блажити Тя Богородицу, присноблаженную и пренепорочную и Матерь Бога нашего, Честнейшую херувим и славнейшую [Read More...]

6 Oscars I’d Hand Out In A Heartbeat If The Academy Would Just Give Me The Chance


Tomorrow, the Academy will be giving out their (in?)famous little golden statues. If past years are any indication, it will be both amusing (particularly to all as sardonically-inclined as I), and numbingly predictable. (I say “sardonic” because “mean-spirited” seems so…well…mean. And I say “predictable” because the awards are so…well…you know…) Now, I’m pretty lukewarm on [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 3


Here’s another of the 8-part motets from Mendelssohn’s Opus 79 that I highlighted yesterday. This one, #6, is titled “On Good Friday” and (again!) includes the dreaded “Hallelujah” So it’s a bit of an odd selection. Like yesterday. Or at least it seems odd on the face of it. But musically/mood-ly, it’s perfect. Especially the [Read More...]

SVS: “The Adventures of Tintin”


As someone who has written of my affection for Hergé’s Tintin in the past, whose seven sons are quite possibly even greater fans of the artist (and his endearing little reporter) than I am, and who considers himself still very much a youngster at heart — “Emotionally, at least,” I say, hoping against hope that it’s more [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 2


Today’s entry is the fourth of the six 8-part motets from Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 79. Its title says “At Passiontide,” so it might not be quite right for Early Lent.  But it also says “Hallelujah!” So I’m getting it out of the way early on, before our ears become unaccustomed to the sound of that phrase. The piece [Read More...]

The Winter of Our Discontent, Made Glorious (Again)


Our long national, annual nightmare is over, at last. (OK, so maybe it’s just my long, annual, national nightmare. But either way, it’s over.) The rebuilt front office retooled the Dodgers roster over the winter and now it’s time for the players to take over, as pitchers and catchers reported Thursday for Spring Training at [Read More...]

My Lenten Journey in Music


In recent days, while reflecting on why music has always seemed to occupy such a large space in my life, I’ve come to realize that I use it in (mostly) two ways. Well, three, actually. Because the first — “first” as in “primary” — way is pretty much straight-up enjoyment, brought on by an appreciation of and a [Read More...]

Fat Tuesday Antics from the Susanka Seven


The boys are gearing up for Lent with their usual enthusiasm. The Furious Five Eldest spent a lively breakfast hour engaged in “Give-Up One-Upmanship,” where each vies with the others in an attempt to come up with the most outlandish sacrifice. “I’m going to give up the iPad during the day!” Well, I’m going to give [Read More...]

SSF: “Le Gouffre”


Two travelers undertake the construction of a gigantic bridge in order to cross a gulf blocking their way, inspiring with their courage and determination a rural community living nearby. I’m a sucker for these “painterly” CGI types of films because they’re such an encouraging bridge — Heh! — between the hand-drawn work I love so [Read More...]