Category music

Sunrise Mass

My local choir is singing Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass for our Spring Concert. This is the Gloria, about 12 minutes long, and yes, it really does sound like a sunrise. Give a listen if you have a few minutes, this Mass is easy to sing, contemporary (well, sort of ’50s maybe), and very pretty.

Iesu, Rex Admirabilis

I was lucky enough to hear this at Mass, yesterday being the feast of Christ the King in the old calendar (I was at an old Mass); in the new calendar it is celebrated in November at the end of the liturgical year, right before the beginning of Advent. The choir wasn’t great, a flat […]

Spring Concert 2019

This Sunday the Paul Madore Choral will be preforming Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers at St. Ann’s church in Salem, MA. Here is the Magnificat from the Vespers:   Both pieces are upbeat and a lot of fun to sing. I’ll be in the bass section but should be a good show in spite […]

Revisiting the Breeders

I’ve been listening to The Breeders’ 1993 album Last Splash. As a kid I liked Cannonball but figured they were one-hit wonders. Well, pardon my ignorance. I didn’t realize that Last Splash was a platinum album. I also didn’t realize that The Breeders’ front-woman, Kim Deal, had co-founded the Pixies and the rest of the players […]

Rock Bands I Dislike

I’ve taken the time to write about rock music I like, but what about rock music I don’t like? Here are some lists of some bands that make me change the radio station every time they come on, categorized by levels of distaste. Never liked ’em, never will: Green Day: It isn’t the music I […]

Hunky Dory

After decades of ignoring David Bowie’s work (beyond his standard radio fare) I’m finally starting to dip in. His output was impressive – 27 studio albums, 11 in the ’70s alone – so it will take a while to get a handle on it. I’ve been skipping around, 1971’s Hunky Dory is my favorite album thus […]

O Magnum Mysterium

Merry Christmas! Here is a choral version of a Christmas morning prayer from Morten Lauridsen: My English translation: O great mystery And wondrous sign That beasts should witness the newborn Lord Lying in a manger! O blest the virgin whose womb was worthy To carry Christ the Lord. Alleluia. I’ve heard Tomas Luis de la […]

Happy Hanukkah

Here is a fun Hanukkah potpourri by Jeffery Biegel in Hebrew, Yiddish and English: Enjoy!

My Favorite Grateful Dead Albums

I don’t consider myself a Deadhead, but since I own more Grateful Dead (GD) albums than any other rock band I must be something more than a casual. I like them because 1) they are fun, 2) eclectic and 3) a great cover band (which is harder than it sounds). Here is how I would […]

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 […]