Category Archives: Church

Choir and Handbell Party

The choir and handbell choir met last evening at a delightful house in this county last evening for a post-holiday get-together.  It was a quiet evening, given to good conversation and good food, but nothing to excess. I particularly enjoyed … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter

On Christmas Day, some old friends came for dinner.  One of them asked whether Isaiah’s prophecy “they shall call his name Emmanuel” contradicts Matthew, where the angel tells Joseph “thou shalt call his name Jesus.” I dearly love these two … Continue reading

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Christmas Carol Singalong

‘Tis the season.  On Sunday, December 23–the Fourth Sunday of Advent as well as “Christmas Eve Eve,” I’ll lead another community carol sing at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, NY.  Event starts at 3, is free, and a nice … Continue reading

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Bruderhof

Last evening, I played an early Christmas program for the local Bruderhof community.  The group is part of a small religious denomination, with roots in the Hutterite expression of the Anabaptist movement.  They have a number of communities in New … Continue reading

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Halloween 18

That’s me, yesterday, before welcoming my public for another Halloween festivity at church! I’ve done this for years.  The Halloween party I started in Montclair in 2010 is still, as far as I know, a community fixture.  It certainly was … Continue reading

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Organist Anniversary

Today, September 22, is a big anniversary day for me. If you read my May post on my Bulova watch, you know it was a “big” high school graduation anniversary. Today, as a freshman in college, exactly 21 days into … Continue reading

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Il Transilvano

I ordered what I thought was a modern edition of Diruta’s classic text, Il Transilvano (The Transylvanian).  This is a book on keyboard performance–organ and harpsichord.  Its “spooky” title describes its picaresque hero, a young Transylvanian rube who comes to … Continue reading

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Listening to Glenn Gould

On the stereo:  the Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould, 1981 version. This version came out when I was in college, and my good friend Doug Dower turned me on to it.  I wore out the cassette tape.  I’m pretty sure we … Continue reading

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About That Priest

I’ve had a change of mind, if not entirely of heart. The priest I mentioned the other day–someone I’d thought was a friend, but who turned out to be a sexual predator–well, for now I am not going to continue … Continue reading

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Bobby Brown

WARNING:  Frank Zappa is funny but he uses bad words and deals with adult subjects.  Do not click this link unless you are an adult. If I don’t post this I’ll start to cry.  It has to do with a … Continue reading

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