Posts filed under “music”

Sunday: NatGeo and Organ

Sunday was fun: church service in the morning, and in the evening we had an inaugural concert for the newly finished First Baptist DC organ project, and in between we visited the National Geographic Museum to see A New Age of Exploration, an exhibit celebrating NatGeo’s 125th anniversary. I noticed a few mentions of the […]

I Once Was Lost

This was originally a response to the Metatalk thread on J.D. Frazer’s “User-Friendly” plagiarism, but I figured it was worth sharing here too. Well, while we’re at it: I tried to pass off Amazing Grace as my own original melody in a sixth grade music composition assignment. I didn’t even know at the time that […]

Truly An American Icon

Today is April 1st, the day when web pranks ensue. For a change from previous April Fool’s redirects (1, 2, 3), I have instead decided to forego a front-page prank and instead provide you, internet, with a valuable web prank service: the “Stephen King is Dead”* Obituary Troll Generator. A simple homegrown PHP-based mad-lib script, […]


Sunday was the 205th Anniversary of my church, FBCDC. To spruce up the website’s front page last week, I asked Mary, the current acting church secretary, if she could spare a few historic church photos from the archives, and she sent me these lovely pictures, some dating back to the first days of the church […]

Amazing Grace

Asian guy with a trumpet, an amp, and his voice, singing the hymn Amazing Grace on Columbus Circle outside Union Station, Washington, DC. The Capitol Dome is in the background.

Candlelight Carol Service 2006

Just finished the Christmas Candlelight Carol Service at First Baptist tonight, as always with the Chancel Choir, the Runnymede Singers, and the Chorale of the Friday Morning Music Club. Musical highlights included Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, Mendelssohn’s Say Where He is Born and There Shall A Star, and Rutter’s Gloria. Unlike last year, David and […]

Lord, Before This Fleeting Season

Lord, before this fleeting season is upon us, Let me remember to walk slowly. Lord, bless my heart with love and with quiet. Give my heart a leaning to hear carols. Grace our family with contentment, And the peace that comes only from You. Lord, help us to do less this busy season; Go less; […]

Diptychs and Cheese Lords

Amy and I braved rain and wind yesterday to view Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych, a new exhibit at the National Gallery. “Netherlandish” in this context refers to the Burgundian Netherlands of the fifteenth century, a somewhat different territorial spread from what we know today as the “Dutch” Netherlands. Diptychs — paired religious […]

On the “1812 Overture” as Lengthy Instrumental Prelude to “Danny Boy”

In my “Assorted Classical” iTunes playlist (a haphazardly arranged collection of single tracks and downloads which stand alone or can’t be bothered to join with their parent works), Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture immediately precedes The Celtic Tenors’ rendition of Danny Boy. The two pieces are performed in the same key, and start with almost the same […]

CCM on FM in the Philippines

Jim asked me to pass this along: The Edge Radio, now on FM in the Philippines. I’m not much of a CCM guy, but for those of you in the Philippines who are, The Edge, a ministry of UCB-IFA, has stations in Manila (91.5), Davao (104.3), Lucena (90.3), Ilocos Sur (90.5), and Zamboanga (98.1). It’s […]