One Player Plays O Come, O Come Emmanuel on Two Recorders – Merry Christmas!

Once again, a wonderful performance.Recorder artist Victoria Rigel plays two recorders at once in this 2008 version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel with yours truly on the guitar. She adds the second recorder at the beginning of the second verse. … [Read more...]

Audible Waters – We Three Kings

Last year on Christmas day, I posted audio of Audible Waters, a music project involving frequent commenter R. Jesperson. Recently, AW put together a clever video of their version of We Three Kings. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! … [Read more...]

On July 4, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died – Happy Independence Day!

With slight editing, this post is reprinted from prior posts on Independence Day. Last year it was the culmination of my Daily Jefferson series.Happy Independence Day!In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each ot … [Read more...]

Christ is Risen – Matt Maher

He is Risen!Happy Easter 2016... … [Read more...]

Christmas 2015: We Three Kings – Audible Waters

Mr. Jesperson and his friend Toni collaborated to give us this lovely version of We Three Kings. Thanks to them for allowing me to post this song.Merry Christmas 2015.A note about the next two weeks. Posting might be sporadic since I will be taking some time off. Keep sending tips, reactions, and questions to me. … [Read more...]

Victoria Rigel on Two Recorders – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

This has become a Christmas eve tradition on my blog.Recorder artist Victoria Rigel plays two recorders at once in this 2008 version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel with yours truly on the guitar.If the widget doesn't work, try this link. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Hope you enjoy this 33 Miles song with some acting by some teens who appear to be having a great time.For a more cerebral Thanksgiving read, check out the series from last year on Thanksgiving from the vantage point of several historian friends. The contributions of my distinguished colleagues John Wilsey, Jared Burkholder, Barry Hankins, Andrew Mitchell, Fred Beuttler, and Gary Scott Smith are well worth revisiting. … [Read more...]

A Very Starbucks Christmas

Starbucks continues to take Christmas criticism from various quarters but I don't think it is deserved. Donald Trump even wants to create a government register of every Red Cup, or something like that. I don't visit the place often but when I did over the weekend, I felt positively festive.I got a tall Vanilla Bean frap and so I got a clear cup instead of The Red One. But I did notice that Starbucks is selling a Christmas coffee blend and markets an Advent product. Check it out.Seems … [Read more...]