RECENTLY joined Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, on her program Sounds from the Spires. I am very fortunate to have been on the show several times. This will explain any drop in the ratings.
Pascual’s weekly show can be heard on SIRIUSXM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel, Saturday, 11pm-12am, Sunday, 6am-7am and 8pm-9pm (All Eastern times)
This recently aired interview featured sacred works for Christmas including several recordings of my Communion Antiphons for Christmas. In this and previous shows, Dr. Pascual and I have discussed at length the propers and the great joy of “singing the Mass.” As such, “Sounds from the Spires” has been a great supporter of sacred music in the liturgy, bringing choral music, chant, and the pipe organ to a broad audience. Furthermore, the music Pascual promotes is not only traditional music but quite often brand new music grounded in the ancient traditions of the Church and its prayer.
• You can listen to a PODCAST of this program broadcast on 12.4.2016:
MUSIC FEATURED ON THIS PROGRAM:
• Light Upon the World | Richard J. Clark, baritone; Produced by Paul Umbach | Available on iTunes and CD Baby.
• Communion Antiphons for Christmas | SATB, Organ, Trumpet, Assembly • World Library Publications • Recordings Directed by Paul French
• Madonna & Child | Organ • recorded on the Smith & Gilbert Organ (IV/52) at St. Cecilia Church, Boston
Although this conversation with my children happened before a prior interview, the story bears repeating:
My six-year-old son put me in my place before a radio interview. My daughter, who was eight, said, “Daddy is lucky because he is famous because he is being interviewed.” My son who was six responded: “No, he’s not famous. Never, ever! Only God is famous.” This, coming from a boy who loves getting into mischief, especially if it gets a laugh from his siblings and disapproval from his parents. But here he was dead serious and spot on!
Soli Deo gloria!