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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 23


Today’s selection is from the “Really Short and Really Sweet” category — almost too sweet for it’s subject matter, in fact — and comes from Franz Joseph Haydn’s lesser-known (but obviously-talented) brother, Johann Michael Haydn. I know him mostly for his wonderful pair of trumpet concerti, but his list of sacred compositions is quite imposing, [Read More...]

Saying “Good-Bye” to Sherlock Holmes


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 22


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 21


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...]

Half Disco, Half Exercise (Totally!)


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 20


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...]

SSF: “Tic Toc”


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...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 19


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...]