John Newton—who wrote “Amazing Grace”—was a slave trader, but ended up being caught and made a slave himself!
Early in his pontificate, Pope Francis insisted that others correct him “when he gets off course…”
We’re still reeling from what “Traditionis Custodes” will mean for the life we’ve built.
A massively underrated composer died 500 years ago today.
A word about “Kleptomaniac Choirmasters.”
Three (3) bullet points, written on a single sheet of paper.
Once these songs get into your head, they won’t leave easily—but that’s okay!
Actual hymn lyrics: “Is it spooky? Is it weird?”
At the conservatory, we’re surrounded by hundreds of professional musicians; but stepping into a Catholic parish the situation is quite different.
Is backroom bowdlerization of Sacred Scripture truly irreversible?
Fulton J. Sheen: “In those days there were no scandal columns, but there were scandalmongers.”
What do you do for Quinceañera Masses, Anniversary Masses, Funerals, and Birthday Masses?
This is a beautiful melody worth learning, worth singing, and worthy of the temple.
Can Protestant translations be dangerous? This paper presents items worth considering.
I personally find the following pairings (hymn text + hymn melody) to be reprehensible…
From a rare book of Franciscan chants (1902)
Christmas Matins from Bavaria…
The ability of your singers to sight-read music instantly does not guarantee a good performance.
Did Vatican II “restore” the hymns—as mandated by §93 of Sacrosanctum Concilium?
Forty images of (IMHO) the patron saints of church musicians.
“In our day and age I think it is good that we all be reminded that Christ will eventually overcome his enemies.”
Did you know Catholics began translating hymns from Latin into the vernacular about 400 years before the Protestant Revolution?
There is much here to contemplate, written by a man with a deep reverence for the Sacred Liturgy and Music of the church…
All Saints—November 1st—will be here before you know it!
Readers will enjoy perusing this book.
A bizarre 1976 letter seeks “priest hunters” in the diocese of Fresno.
Throughout my career, I have tried to follow the advice Cardinal Mercier gave the young Fulton J. Sheen.
The second part has blank staves—so you can compose your own organ harmonies!
This is—perhaps—the most phenomenally gorgeous piece ever written.
This hymn was originally for the Assumption, but now can be used on various Marian feasts.
What I played from yesterday…