Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for Chorus, Op. 31, XII: Hymn of Praise, “We sing to Thee”

The Christian church is most of the way through observing the season of Advent (for 2021, November 28 to December 24). Today on Classical Sunday, I felt drawn to playing an excerpt from choral work I heard at a friend’s around the first week of the period, two years ago. The Liturgy of St. JohnContinue reading “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for Chorus, Op. 31, XII: Hymn of Praise, “We sing to Thee””

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

This week, Canadian schools observe Truth and Reconciliation Week, while tomorrow, September 30, our country will pause to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in our history. The day comes after much introspection and examination of our country’s past and publicity through the year regarding the unmarked graves of thousands of FirstContinue reading “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”

Fireworks

I don’t know a lot of the music of the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, though I have posted two of their songs already: “Cedar Lane,” back in the first week of this blog, then“Emmylou” (a tribute to the country singer Emmylou Harris) this past March. I think on the next Bandcamp Friday (theContinue reading “Fireworks”

Golden Feather

The Canadian-born songwriter, musician, producer, film writer, actor and author Robbie Robertson is likely best known as the former songwriter and lead guitarist of The Band. They were vital in developing the Americana musical style. He has written such classics as “Broken Arrow,” “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and others. The only album ofContinue reading “Golden Feather”

Handshake the Gangster

Warning: this song contains a cuss-word! I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen the Canadian band Hey Rosetta! perform live. But, I have probably seen almost every Winnipeg gig they played before they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2017. My introduction to the group, formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005, wasContinue reading “Handshake the Gangster”

I’m Going Home

I was horrified and deeply saddened by the news that the remains of 215 Indigenous children of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation had recently been discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. My country, Canada, was built on the oppression of the First Peoples. That oppression extended toContinue reading “I’m Going Home”

The Magdalene Laundries

A few years ago, my sweety and I watched the 2002 Peter Mullan film, The Magdalene Sisters. What an excellent movie, though heart-wrenching to see the conditions imposed on young women and girls. The film centres on three teenage girls sent to live at the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. The Wikipedia writeup on the laundriesContinue reading “The Magdalene Laundries”

Ahead by a Century

Today’s post is really late. Almost missed the day, really. It’s been a hectic day with an important project, many conversations, and a couple of special, physically-distant visits. Plus, I wasn’t nearly as organized as yesterday when my daily post and most other daily rituals and chores were mostly finished by noon and I headedContinue reading “Ahead by a Century”