mostly links


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I think I spent six hours or more composing yesterday. It’s the activity I enjoy the most. It leaves me relaxed and alert. Today I need to spend some more time with Finale. The anthem scheduled for this Sunday, “Christ is the world’s true light,” comes from the Oxford Easy Anthem Book and was composed by Stanton. I put it down a key for my choir. It is written for choir and organ and that is how we have performed it in the past.

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I was taught how to conduct a choir and play organ simultaneously by my beloved undergrad teacher, Ray Ferguson. Apparently he was taught this technique when he was on his Fulbright in Germany by Helmut Walcha. It involves thoroughly preparing both the accompaniment and the conducting, deciding how to reduce some sections to free up the conducting hand.


I noticed last Wednesday that playing the accompaniment to this Sunday’s anthem on the piano from the organ score and attempting to cue in the choir at the same time was challenging. I decided I should return to the arrangement in Finale and make a specifically piano reduction of Stanton’s organ part. That’s the project for today.

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I had to dash off yesterday’s blog in order to have time to go practice organ. I left out a bunch of links. I’m including those in today’s links.

On the Media Podcast | WNYC

On The Media has offered a five part podcast on poverty. I recommend it. I’m half way through the second installment. This episdoe has a good history of welfare in it. Most of the history I recognize from having lived through it (not the Civil War or even the President Johnson’s War on Poverty).

If you click on the link above, it will take you to the On The Media Podcast page.

Here’s Busted #2: “Who Deserves to be Poor?”

 5 Hidden Features Of Google Chrome : TECH : Tech Times

One has to be careful with these. I did however install the audio mute plugin (or whatever it is). Ironically the first tab I used it on was this Tech Times article which has an annoying little piece of music it plays in the background.

In Texas, a Test of Whether the Voting Rights Act Still Has Teeth – The New York Times

So the Voting Rights Act is not completely defanged. Some small encouraging actions described in this article.

 I admire John Lewis. I think his comments were warranted. He is used to speaking truth to power. On the other hand, it’s weird to think of our president elect feeling as though he is a victim.

Invisibly Black: A Life of George Herriman, Creator of ‘Krazy Kat’ – The New York Times

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This book review from this Sunday inspires me to check to see if my library has a collection of Krazy Kat. I think it does.
I think it’s time for liberals to do some growing. In the first podcast from On The Media’s poverty series, Busted, they analyze empathy versus compassion. Compassion wins. It interests me that both my hero Ed Friedman and the illustrious Bertolt Brecht had a problem with empathy. Who benefits from poverty? You and I do. Who benefits from racism? White people of course. Another book to read.

Paul Auster: By the Book – The New York Times

I love these interviews because I find books to put in my “to read” doc.

Streaming music services Apple Music, Spotify and more compared |

Handy little table at this link. They left out Naxos.

Facing the music: Roderick Williams | Music | The Guardian

This seems to be a regular feature at The Guardian. fun to see what other musicians have listened to then check some of it out.

2 thoughts on “mostly links

  1. I’ve listened to one of those episodes on poverty. I found it really brutal! I’m not sure I’ll listen to the rest of them just now. Man.

    1. I understand. Eileen and I are working are way through them. I’m re-listening to Episode 2 and have made it all the way through 3. Brutal they are, but I’m finding them a helpful counterbalance to the influx of information and news just now.

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