Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tu Es Petrus by Palestrina

Palestrina is really cool, but very complicated. Polyphony is NOT easy to sing. It’s before the Baroque period of music, so it sounds strange to modern ears at first. But it is very beautiful, and I admire the musicianship that … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago Today

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo. I remember learning in school that his marriage was morganatic, an unequal marriage. His wife, Sophie, was an aristocrat, but she was not a member of the ruling (or former … Continue reading

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Bernini’s Rape of Persephone

I found this picture online. Bernini portrays the moment when Hades grabbed Persephone and dragged her into the underworld. The most impressive part of this statue is Hades’ hand pressing into Persephone’s thigh. The marble actually indents and reacts the … Continue reading

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Queen Selfie

A 14 year old boy got a selfie with the Queen. If you’re wondering what she was thinking at that moment, I have a transcript of her thoughts. When Jason was at the table I kept on seeing him look … Continue reading

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Listening to the rain

Sometimes there is nothing more wonderful than a rainy summer night.  There is something soothing and refreshing about the sound of the water hitting the pavement and the cool air feels invigorating and relaxing at the same time.  Summer storms … Continue reading

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Films About Women Part 12

1 What’s Love Got To Do With It? This was an excellent film all about the rise of Tina Turner. It tells about how she was discovered by Ike Turner, who later became her husband. He was an abusive and … Continue reading

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What ARE We Teaching Children in Schools?

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, the elderly Professor wonders with disgust, “I wonder what they do teach children in these schools!” I found myself wondering that myself over the past few weeks. It started a … Continue reading

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“Laudate Dominum”

I adore Kiri Te Kanawa. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before. 🙂 (I hope this isn’t a repeat posting. Ehh, even if it is, it’s too good not to post!)

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Amanda Marshall’s Songs

These were two of my favorite songs when I was 12. I had a lot of favorite songs then. This song, Birmingham, was played sometimes at a former job. I couldn’t believe it. It’s a song about a woman escaping … Continue reading

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Trail of Tears

I learned about how President Jackson and the US Government treated the Cherokee people in the fifth grade. One of my classmates said, “This is really sad.” Our teacher answered, “It gets worse.” American Experience on PBS did a series … Continue reading

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