This Little Light of Mine

Do you remember all those wonderful lessons you learned in your vacation bible school days? All the fun crafts and memorizing your bible verses…the cookies…and for me it was all about the songs. When did we stop singing those songs? Jesus loves me this I know…and the one that came back to me this week…”All…

Mozart Symphony #41: Jupiter II Andante Cantabile

Even after a lifetime involved in music, I still find myself challenged when I try to focus my listening on a piece of music. I start out with all good intentions but at some point I find that I have gone into “monkey brain” and my mind is jumping all over the place. I look…

Practicing Stillness: Listening

Guilty! I hear myself say… Have you ever been so busy thinking about what you wanted to say next that you didn’t really listen to what your friend or loved one was trying to share with you? I know I have, and I am resolved to do better. And this is where our journey of…

Practicing Stillness: Train up a Child…

In all of the efforts undertaken to protect the Christchild… what time is there for stillness? Or silliness for that matter? How can we make time for myrth and music when we feel stretched beyond our capacity daily? When ‘free time’ is scarce and, sometimes the only thing that feels possible is attempting to recover for the next push?

A Great Advent/Christmas Book

This is my first book which features the art and music that has surrounded the Nativity story for generations. Currently 57% discounted price on Amazon, this is a good time to pick-up copies to prepare for an Advent class or personal reflections during the Christmas season. From Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and much more, these…

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

The Gloria is taken from the passage in scripture when the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the Shepherds who were watching their sheep by night.

Kyrie: Lord Have Mercy

Palestrina, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Bruckner, Rutter, Bernstein and many many more. These posts will endeavor to explore the meaning of each of the 5 parts of the Mass and give you scripture, text and musical examples to bring them closer to home.

Seeing God in Nature

As I was sifting through some old papers the other day, I came across a sermon my Dad wrote that my mother saved. My Dad has been gone almost 30 years now so finding this sermon written in his own hand was of course amazing for me, but I was struck by how meditative and…