Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gone Chanting

I had a wonderful time during my working vacation at the Church Music Association of America's 2010 Winter Chant Intensive in Charleston, SC. It was what I expected and more; it has whetted my appetite for sacred music and chant even more.

Along with meeting in person Anastatia Crosswell, the 'blogmistress of Kyrie Eleison Me (while registered to be in attendance, had to withdraw for personal reasons), I also introduced myself to Mary Jane Ballou, whose 'blog Sacred Miscellany I have visited a few times. I found out later that Richard Chonak, one of the co-'bloggers at Catholic Light, was also there; I didn't get a chance to meet him. (And it was no one's fault but my own; we were sitting beside each other during the workshop.)

Self-study is a wonderful thing; I am proceeding along those lines. Continuing my education, I will be attending this. I am looking forward to it.

The plane leaves at 7:00 AM tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Of Square Notes

I haven't added a new 'blog in a long time.

I found one which, as a church musician, makes me think.

I hope it will do the same for you.

A very charming name to a wonderful 'blog: The Chant Cafe.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Ancient Humor

Another e-mail forward from Catherine Garcia. Grin if you like it.


A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.

"Amazing," he thought as he flew down the interstate, pushing the pedal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I’m too old for this," and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.

The trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes and today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The old gentleman paused. Then said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a state trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

"Have a good day, sir, " replied the trooper.