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