Monthly Archives: January 2019

My Coldest Day Ever

It was Sunday morning, January 20, 1985.   I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, living at International House, and I had to get to church to play the organ. The night before, all my Canadian friends at … Continue reading

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School’s In

Classes are about to begin.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the vacation and the Christmas holidays.  Now it’s time to start a new semester.  I’ve been at my desk since a little afer 5 AM getting ready. Yesterday was a faculty meeting, … Continue reading

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On Light Pollution

It is better to put out one porch light than to curse the brightness.

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The Iceman Stayeth

Eclipses last but a moment, but winter tends to hang on. The view from the patio (aka the “Hall Observatory”) is beautiful.  The ice is hanging on to the trees, but so far no major collapses.  The ice is thinner … Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse, Real Time

9:56 PM, EST:  According to online information (I first typed “onlune”!), the moon has already begun to pass into the earth’s penumbra, or larger and lighter shadow.  My telescope is trained on it, and I see no change whatsoever.  The … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Talk

I’m participating in a weekend conference at Syracuse University at the end of March. I will be giving a paper on the life of Calvin Hampton. Here is a link to the event.  If you are interested, I hope you … Continue reading

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I’m snowed in today–more precisely, iced in. Church is canceled and freezing rain expected. I hope for a break in the clouds late tonight for the lunar eclipse. While the skies are expected to clear before totality, the temperature will … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Article

The upcoming issue of The Organ, a quarterly from “across the pond,” will feature a substantial article by me on the topic of Carson Cooman, the gifted organist and composer in residence at Harvard.  It’s been a pleasure delving into … Continue reading

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The Stalker Returns

I had trouble focusing last evening.  Work that I’d hoped to do before bed became impossible. What happened is that a stalker re-emerged from the swamp known as the internet. I was terrified, afraid for my career, afraid for my … Continue reading

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Cibells and Cebells

. A strange title appears in some English keyboard scores of the latter 17th century.  A number of pieces are titled “Cibell” or “Cebell,” or allude to that name in their title (as in Purcell’s “Trumpet tune, called the Cibell”). … Continue reading

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