Thursday, April 24, 2014

Which of These Four Items Strikes You as Obscene by the Definitions Given Below?

There are no right or wrong answers. It could be any one, any two, any three. all four, or none. This is about your character and disposition as revealed through your personal tastes and predilections. Please discuss each item, and tell us why 
you think as you do.


Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty
Inciting lustful feelings; lewd. Repulsive; disgusting
So large in size or amount as to be objectionable 
Offensive or outrageous to accepted standards of decency
Having a tendency to deprave or corrupt
Relating to sex in an indecent or offensive way
Very offensive usually in a shocking way
So large an amount or size as to be very shocking or unfair
Disgusting to the senses - repulsive
Abhorrent to morality or virtue; 
Designed to incite to lust or depravity
Containing language regarded as taboo in polite usage 
Repulsive by reason of crass disregard of moral or ethical principles An obscene misuse of power so excessive as to be offensive 

Monday, April 21, 2014


On Listening to Leopold Stokowski Conduct the Good Friday Spell from Wagner's Parsifal
Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977)

Wagner was so capable of building and sustaining the highest degree of serious musical contemplation imaginable it challenges credibility. I still have never experienced Parsifal in its entirety, and after all the time already elapsed realize it may never happen, but I place Wagner among the greatest of the greats and revere him for his passion, devotion to the fullest possible realization of his genius, and for his unquestionable sincerity. Only God, Himself in the person of Christ Jesus gave the world more than the finest and noblest creative artists have given humanity.

And, even as dwindling numbers bother to pay lip service to His Sacrifice for our sake, so does the great bulk of the world's population fail to take proper notice and express appropriate gratitude for the glorious achievements of the small handful of men like the anonymous artists who painted the inside of caves in France aeons ago, those who designed and built the temple at Karnak, those who designed and built the Acropolis, Pericles, Plato, Aristotle, Phidias, Praxiteles, Socrates, Sophocles, those who conceived and built the great cathedrals, Giotto, Gutenberg, Palladio, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Michelangelo, Bernini, Christopher Wren, Shakespeare, and on and on.

Christ sacrificed Himself so that men of that high a quality could continue to develop and flourish, despite all the proud ignorance, arrant stupidity, and brutal hostility militating against them in every era, and thus bring light and joy to all with eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds filled with curiosity.

Rarely is this point of view articulated, but the true artists are always in the avant garde –– far ahead of the crowd –– and it is THEY who function as the greatest missionaries –– the greatest bearers of Holy Writ, –– because it is they who best shed light on the true nature of God-Christ who IS Life, Truth Love, Principle, Light, Beauty, Spirit, Joy, Understanding, Compassion, Creativity and Intelligence.

"Be not conformed to the uses of this world, but be ye transformed through the renewing of your mind ..." (
Romans 2:12)

Great Music, Art, Literature and Architecture speak directly to our souls, and reveal more of God's Essence than all the fear based teaching, preaching, admonition and pretensions to piety we've ever inflicted on each other, and somehow managed to endure
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ is Risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Outburst of Joy
Olivier Messiaen 
Jean Claude Raynaud, organist 
Organ by Cavaill√©-Coll (1888) 
Basilica of Saint Serin, Toulouse, France
Et Resurrexit 
Johann Sebastian Bach 
30th Festival Resurrexit, 2012, April 9, 2012 , The Cathedral of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Siauliai, Lithuania 
Siauliai State Chamber Orchestra
 Sauliai Sondeckis Conductor, 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Passion According to Saint John
by Johann Sebastian Bach

English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Mark Padmore, tenor, Evangelist; Peter Harvey, bass, Christus; Katherine Fuge, soprano; Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Jeremy Budd, tenor; 
Matthew Brook bass

Friday, April 18, 2014

I like a look of Agony,
Because I know it's true—
Men do not sham Convulsion,
Nor simulate, a Throe—

The Eyes glaze once—and that is Death—
Impossible to feign
The Beads upon the Forehead
By homely Anguish strung. 
~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Thursday, April 17, 2014


A healthy dose of bucolic serenity. Listening to these selections at leisure may give balm to your soul. They make superb 
background music.


Walk to the Paradise Garden

A Song of Summer


Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 

The Lark Ascending 


The Enigma Variations

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Gustav Holst
Herbert Von Karajan, conductor
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Mars, the Bringer of War, 00:26
- Venus, the Bringer of Peace, 
- Mercury, the Winged Messenger, 
- Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, 
- Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age, 
- Uranus, the Magician, 
- Neptune, the Mystic, 

Whenever I think of the wonder of celestial spheres revolving independently-yet interdependently in the apparent blackness of Space, the one piece of music I want most to hear is The Planets by Gustav Holst . Try it. Our minuscule-but-essential place in the Cosmos will soon become more apparent. A splendid evocation of Awe and Wonder if ever there was one. It never fails to give me goose bumps, make my hair stand on end, while it bolsters my faith in almighty  God, maker of all things great and small