Category Art

Blue Mountain

I’ve just discovered Bob Weir’s 2016 album Blue Mountain which is really good cowboy music. It is based on Weir’s recollections of spending a summer working on a ranch in Wyoming as a teen. I take this as a Christmas tune: Good night all you cowboys, we’ve got treasure enough, ’cause the angels appeared one time to folks […]

My Favorite Rock Albums

The challenge of making a list of the greatest rock albums of all time is coming up with criteria. The more objective you want to be, the less likely your own personal favorites appear on the list. Most objective lists will include albums like Pet Sounds, Sargent Pepper and something by Prince, none of which I am actually […]

The Customer is Always Wrong: a pop culture triptych

After early success with The Force Awakens Disney is now risking losing money on its newly acquired Star Wars franchise. Fans say they don’t like how Disney killed off the old characters and complain that the new characters are either boring or outright irritating. Disney reacts by saying the fans just don’t like ethnically diverse […]

Is all art political?

  Some people don’t like politics in their entertainment, and some entertainers answer that all art is political, so suck it up and buy our politicized art. Well, are they right? Is all art political? I don’t know. One could argue that all art takes place in a social context and all social contexts have […]

Cantate Domine

Heard this at the Latin Mass today. My high school choir used to sing this but it dropped out of our repertoire in my sophomore year, so that makes it (gasp) about 24 years since I’ve heard it. Enjoy.

Improperia

This is  the Improperia (or Reproaches) a Good Friday piece. The Latin words date from the 9th century (though the Greek fragment, Hagios o Theos, Hagios o Ischyros, Hagios o Athanatos, dates from probably the 5th.) This  arrangement by Luis Tomas de Victoria is from the 16th century.   We can’t avoid sorrow and suffering in […]

Feast of the Epipahny / Nun Seid Ihr Wohl Gerochen

Yesterday was the 12th Day of Christmas and it would have been the Feast of the Epiphany but most churches move the celebration to the next Sunday, (today). I’ve been posting my favorite Christmas carols to celebrate each of the 12 days (though I think I missed a couple). Today I’m not posting a carol, […]