A friend of mine plays the organ for a Podunk church and they are in the market for a new organ. My friend wishes to purchase a three manual instrument but his priest, looking to save money, will only allow the church to get a two manual (keyboard) organ. The priest's logic is that an organist only has two hands so you can only play two keyboards at a time. The organ salesman, not wishing to screw up a sale, concurred with him. I wish I knew that I only had two hands before I recorded the following video. But, what do I know, I'm not a priest.
Back in 2010 I composed a Passion Cantata based upon the Gospel of Mark. I have uploaded a copy of the score and a sampler sound clip for anyone interested in performing it. The excerpts from the sampler are Surely Not I; In Three Days; The Arrest - Release Barabbas; Simon; The Burial.
The entire cantata is fairly easy for the average four part choir and there are a multitude of solo and quartet opportunities. Each section is short and is repeated two or three other times within the work making the entire cantata easy to learn in a short period of time. It took my choir four weeks.
The free sheet music and audio expert are located here:
To hear the sample, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Interpretation." The other mp3 sample is a computer generated facsimile of the score. I began and ended my concert with two congregational hymns: Crown Him With Many Crowns and Lift High The Cross.
When I performed this piece, it was for a choir concert. I don't see many acting opportunities with the work other than in tableau form. Although, it would make a unique operetta.
Denizens of the dell, peripatetics of the pied-à-terre, outliers in the outskirts, natives of the neighborhood, occupants of Oz, wayfarers of Wall Street, other; We are in the home stretch. There is but one post left in my draft folder.
My epiphany for today is that I don't think this guy is on the level. Either way, I present "O Holy Night." Music-Minus-One, thank you again.
To give equal holiday time to the atheists among us, I'm sure you all know the Zeitgeist Mithra, Horus, Jesus, Krishna, Attis, Dionysus argument. Here is Charles Schultz's input.
Gîl síla na lû govaded
Who doesn't love a good laugh? As we continue to percolate down the tangled corridor of twelve day madness, ineffably featured for your folly is this frenetically favorite, "Ukrainian Bell Carol." Oh my. The best part of the song is the button.
So, uhm, like, you know, I mean, true story; Three men die in a car accident Christmas Eve. They all find themselves at the pearly gates waiting to enter Heaven. On entering they must present something relating or associated with Christmas.
The first man searches his pocket, and finds some Mistletoe, so he is allowed in. The second man presents a candy cane, so he is also allowed in. The third man pulls out a pair of stockings. Confused at this last gesture, St. Peter asks, "How do these represent Christmas?"
The third man replied, "They're Carol's."
Staying with the squirrel motif, DO NOT LET YOUR TEENAGE SON SEE THIS. What is intriguing about this video is that it received half a million hits on this site and another half on YT. It has been linked to over 2,800 times on FB. WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS? If nothing else, you have to love the unashamed honesty of the film makers and their choice of Jane's Addiction.
I don't have a squirrel problem. The cats next door catch and kill them as does my baby red tailed hawk. I wish he'd eat some of the cats:
Iyay avehay ayay igbay atapultcay.
"In a world gone mad with mistrust and alienation, the church (like never before) must present faith as a dynamic and relevant force for change."
Blithe Thor's day, everyone.
You're probably asking yourself, I wonder what treasure will come crawling out of the primordial ooze today? Do you 'memba Tiny Tim? Keep the insulin handy for this one. The Sulu recording was supposed to be part of yesterday's hit parade, for the Asian theme. Who proof reads these things?!? George Takei's family suffered horribly during WWII when our government shuffled them around internment camps. The family lost everything. Wait, the United States had internment camps?!?
Would you like to see a drunk squirrel?
clava thessara infinitas
. . . we get saddled with "O Come All Ye Faithful." Someone got a hernia on this one. Better put the cat out before you press play.
Bonus grandmotherly track: "Joy To the World." It was either this song or the Feliz Navidad (but I think this one) that was created by a grandmother in Thailand. It was her Xmas gift to her grandchildren who are living here in the US. She mailed it a week prior and then as you know, a Tsunami hit her country either Christmas day or the day after (2007?). The family never heard from her again. I like to beleive that she took advantage of the chaos and left the country to assume a new identity. How beautiful is this recording?
BTW, Eight maids a milking is a reference to smallpox vaccine. However, Stephen Fry said "Nobody knows."
Happy New Year as we celebrate January named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions. As the earth wobbles to its new precession, we are also approaching the age of Aquarius - in about 500 years. Sadly, none of us will live to see this age of enlightenment known as the age of the water bearer. The first recorded age was Taurus the bull which was ushered out by Moses who then introduced us to the age of the ram, Aries; Then Jesus, the age of Pieces the fish. (Milutin Milankovitch, is it getting warm in here?) Capricorn is in another 3,000 years, that's my symbol. Then in roughly 5,000, Sagittarius. That age won't be good. Stock up on food now, people. BTW, Noah ushered in the last Aquarian Age and we all know how that ended.
May your new year be blessed with peace, love and joy. Remember, "If you are not busy being born again, then you are busy dying." - Siddhārtha Gautama (during the age of Aries).