The Book of Common Prayer is a devotional guide (and so much more) for those of the Anglican (Episcopalian) faith, developed by the key historical figure in Anglicanism, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. My own introduction to The Book of Common Prayer was through a textbook assigned in graduate school, Worship by the Book. Worship by the Book was … Continue reading Two Books from England
It’s been time for a month or so to have plants out in the garden. In fact, you could be getting close to enjoying some of those fruits and veggies on your plate soon. Just last night at supper my wife and I had the sweetest, homegrown grape tomatoes and a diced Anaheim pepper on … Continue reading Keeping Down Weeds!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … Continue reading 2011 in review
To see the sheet music, click here. To hear the song, click here. Yes, another song arranged for male quartet singing. This song has several noteworthy moments for our consideration. My sight reading teacher, Clint Davis, shared this song with me one day as we were sitting on his living room couch talking about the … Continue reading When Storms Around Are Sweeping
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the Lord see it and be displeased…” (Proverbs 24:17-18a) I know it’s Mother’s Day and that this isn’t the most fitting day to write an article about the death of an internationally hunted man, but it’s been … Continue reading A Christian’s Response to the Death of Osama bin Laden
To see the music under discussion, click here. To hear the music under discussion, click here. As Aaron noted in his comments on the song Crossing the Bar, he is familiar with the song, but not that arrangement. What does it mean to “re-arrange” a song? Typically, when a song is written it has a … Continue reading Rearranged Songs / Nearer My God to Thee
Click for the sheet music to Crossing the Bar Click here to hear Crossing the Bar (music by Samuel Beazley). Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full … Continue reading Crossing the Bar
Disclaimer: I’m not trying to be “Anti-Catholic” in this post, nor am I against promoting prayers. There is some theological reflection in this post, but it’s also full of religo-sociological thoughts that reflect the lyricists, editors, and the audience for which they labored. If this post causes someone to question his beliefs, however, I don’t … Continue reading Jesus’ Name My Rosary
Disclaimer: I voted for McCain (yes, it seemed like a lesser-of-two-evils vote. I would do it again, knowing the alternative). I support - with my vote - a conservative agenda for government. I'm not loudly political, but occasionally I do write to my Representative in Washington, D.C. or other federal officials. This morning I felt … Continue reading My Letter to the Speaker
Sometimes I have a thought (or two, or three) that is in need of development. Sometimes I have developed thoughts in need of expression and articulation. This blog will play host to some of that articulation. Part of my idea for this blog is to center around church music. I have a collection and I’d … Continue reading Why Blogging?