get thee behind me, church and composing


I am trying to not compose or do much church work today. I did go over to the church to pick out music for Sunday and landed on some charming Purcell to match the hymn tune, Westminster Abbey. We will use a couple of stanzas of the hymn, “Christ is made the sure foundation” as our shortened sequence hymn.

And when one is composing, musical ideas are never that far away from consciousness.

But I did Greek today for the first time in a while. I also read three translations of Canto X from Dante’s Paradiso. I have been working daily on getting through Mortimer J. Adler’s Aristotle For Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Simple. This stuff clears the brain. I’m reading the wonderful edition I have of T. S. Eliot’s poems and spending a lot of time with the foot notes.

Jeremy purchased and refurbished a rectangular table for the kitchen. This is a good idea with five people. Previously we had a round table which took up more room. A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of  African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland (9781635572612):  Hill, DaMaris: Books

I have kept up my poetry reading. Working on A Bound Woman Is A Dangerous Thing by Da Maris B. Hill and Kith by Divya Victor. Both are excellent and challenging.  I own the latter.

A Home in My Ears: Talking to Divya Victor – BLARB

I read Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang. It caught the eye of Alex so now Eileen is reading it to her.

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang

Enough. Time to go sit in the back yard and read some more.

2 thoughts on “get thee behind me, church and composing

  1. Gene Yang is a total rock star – love everything he does! And that new Superman book is really great. If you like him, we also own his latest book about basketball (which, even though I am not at all a sports person, was a good read too)

  2. Gene Yang is a total rock star – love everything he does!
    And that Superman book is really good.
    If you like him, we bought his latest graphic novel (Dragon Hoops, or something like that?) about basketball, which I liked a lot, despite having zero interest in sports.
    (which is humorously, one of the themes – artsy types who thought they didn’t like sports)

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