Singing in tongues

Singing in tongues

I was hoping to have my Acts song ready to share by today, given that it’s Pentecost, but I haven’t quite finished it yet. It is really coming along, and I’m excited that my friends have contributed (singable.. not strictly literal) translations for the multi-lingual bridge: English: Jesus lives, Jesus reigns He will save all who call on his name German: Jesus liebt, Er regiert Und er […]

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Mark Mynell on an Integrated Christian Imagination

Mark Mynell on an Integrated Christian Imagination

Earlier this month, Mark Mynell posted his excellent talk on Christian imagination and the arts, which he gave for members of the CU at London’s University of the Arts. In particular, I found the point about artists being prophets to be very interesting and challenging: It is a fact those involved in the arts and media are the prophets of our generation. It is no longer […]

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Der Meistersänger

Der Meistersänger

One of the great singers of the 20th century died yesterday. The German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was a champion of lieder, having recorded most of the repertoire, much of it multiple times. He was even trending on Twitter.             Joyce DiDonato posted the following recording; it is achingly beautiful: Barth’s comment about Mozart (for which I concur!) comes to mind: surely […]

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Time & Trifels

Time & Trifels

There’s nothing like visiting a building that is nearly one thousand years old to put things into perspective. I can be impatient. If I have an idea to do something, I want to do it now*, even it could easily wait. Communication is now immediate; Amazon delivers overnight, and buildings can go up in a matter of weeks – but of course, it was not […]

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Bishop’s Got Talent

Bishop’s Got Talent

After seeing the videos of Tom Wright, the former Bishop of Durham, playing Dylan: and Lennon: I propose that the search for a next Archbishop of Canterbury be turned into a reality TV show: Bishop’s Got Talent Here’s another contender, the venerable Vicar of Dibley:

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Finding Fred in the Forest

Finding Fred in the Forest

While we live right in the center of town, only a few minutes from the palace, but the great thing is that immediately north of the palace is a park and then a forest: We get to ride through the park and forest to get to Church, and also to get to our friends’ place, where we were yesterday. Yesterday however, we took a parallel […]

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Little Red Button (a DIY mute / killswitch stompbox)

Little Red Button (a DIY mute / killswitch stompbox)

I’ll admit it: I’m kind of hooked on DIY projects of late. I’ve built a couple of pieces of functional (I didn’t say pretty!) furniture, and more recently a Cajon, and now, something for my guitar set-up. It’s a useful little mute (killswitch) stompbox, which kills the sound from the guitar when the latching footswitch is pressed, and then unmutes it again on the next […]

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Three times a week

Three times a week

Three times a week. That’s what “they” tell us is the recommended amount of exercise, as long as those three times last at least half an hour each. It’s also a number I read today in relation to blogging. Some people say that one should blog everyday, but I’m not convinced. Yes, I will want to regularly check blogs where new things are posted regularly, […]

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Google Beatbox

Google Beatbox

  This is one of those “go to google and type this and then ____ will happen” things that my friends have been posting on facebook, and it’s rather cool. If you haven’t done it already, the idea is that you go to google translate and paste in the following text: pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv […]

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Performance day distractions

Performance day distractions

The day of a big* performance can be weird. The entire day is spent with the knowledge of the impending occasion, and it can be difficult sometimes to know how to spend such a day. On the one hand, I want to focus, and on the other, I want to distract myself so I don’t get to nervous; and distract myself how? Something not overly strenuous. […]

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Instagram builds a camera

Instagram builds a camera

This is pretty amusing, but also kind of sad, given that Kodak isn’t making Polaroid film anymore.. I’ve been getting into Instagram since is made it’s appearance on Android a few weeks ago. It has, in a small way, reignited my love of taking pictures, thought I’m very aware of the hypocracy, given that I’ve largely been against applying such filters in Photoshop. Maybe it’s […]

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Applause Catch-22

Applause Catch-22

Following on from yesterday’s post about revivals, and having to be prepared for the unexpected, I’m reminded of an issue that is pertinent for any performance: applause. It’s pretty well impossible to judge how an audience is going to react, and where they might or might not applaud, at least in Mozart; perhaps it’s a bit more predictable in romantic works after a stonking great […]

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