music

salzburg 2

Heinrich Biber: Glorious Mysteries of a Life in Music

Virtuoso violinist and musical mystic, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) wrote flamboyantly colorful music which exudes a distinctive Catholic spirit. The Baroque era of which he was a part was dedicated to the idea that music had the power to express universal human emotions and states of the soul—not only vocal music, but instrumental as […]

love

The Girl You Think I Am

The Girl You Think I Am: lyrics and reflection Carrie Underwood   Since my earliest memories, music has been a large part of my life. Whether it was listening to classical music as I fell asleep as a child or the constant stream of Pandora which accompanies me throughout the day, music provides the soundtrack […]

sam-smith-in-the-lonely-hour-track-list-album-cover

Oh, Won’t You Stay With Me?

It’s another song post from me. I can’t help it. Music—soulful, heart-breaking music—is the sound of us. It’s the sound of our deepest needs and desires. Songs like “Stay With Me,” by Sam Smith, is one of them. I know this has been around for a couple years now, but really look at the lyrics again: Guess […]

image

The 12 Days of Christmas is Actually a Catholic Song

As we are in the 12 days until the Epiphany, I thought this was very timely. Everyone knows this song. But as another writer said, “What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?” The best […]

haydn

Haydn’s Catholic Spirit

Note: This article is part of a projected series on Catholicism and art (primarily, but not limited to, music and painting). “Whenever I think of God I can only conceive of Him as a Being infinitely great and infinitely good. This last quality of the divine nature inspires me with such confidence and joy that I […]

Slider by webdesign