Now, we hear a man who is in love with his listener.
First, we hear a woman who hates her listener.
Now, we hear a man who is in love with his listener.
To the piano students, at age 15, after four years of study, I could play all four pieces. The Mozart piece is akin to your Hanon exercise book, isn't it? Keep going! If this is your passion, concentrate on it. I am not saying you should ignore academics, but, maybe, convince yourself and your parents to accept your priorities. There is work for you. The choir director/organist at my church is paid, and his fill-in’s son is studying piano as a prelude to learning how to play the organ. Then, you can...
Finally, you enter heaven at St. Ouen, an active parish, and play Eugène Gigout’s Grand Choir Dialogue…
Look at all the Geometry in five rose windows, three of which are shown. Britannica.com states, "The radiating elements consisted of an intricate network of wavy, double-curved bars, creating new geometric forms and flame shapes, as well as furnishing a diagonal bracing to the whole composition, adding to its structural strength." One of the rose windows had its glass added in 1992.
I’m tired of us. Let’s return to 2021 and look abroad to my favorite comprehensive school, which is in St. Petersburg! Ballet is Russia’s national honor. I prefer watching exams over performances while waiting for a 2022 update.
Baroque music, art, and architecture emerged as the Catholic response to the protestant revolt and invincible ignorance. Baroque is elegant and intricate, classical and bright, visual and cerebral. The artists received the patronage of the Catholic Church and Catholic royalty. The significant event inaugurating it all was the Council of Trent 1545-1563.
Perhaps, something like Baroque will emerge from the current attempt in the Vatican and a parallel attempt in the Western world to destroy truth, beauty, and goodness. Sadly, many Catholics are unaware and want to stay dumb, and they could be described as ostriches (see the entry on Strauss). There is hope that exceptional Catholics will emerge (see the entry on new Catholic schools).
Listen to Vivaldi (1678-1741) while you view pictures by Baroque painters: Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, Nicolas Poussin, and Rembrandt van Rijn. (I went to school with a boy named Peter van Rijn in complete ignorance of his famous last name.)
Note: Vivaldi was violin master at an orphanage called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, Devout Hospital of Mercy, in Venice. He taught music to the girls and did most of his composing there. In 1709, the board of directors dismissed him, but he returned the following year. Remember, all of history is present to God the Father. It does not come and go as we do.
1595-6 Basket of Fruit, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Caravaggio - Own work, user:Lafit86, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10478675
1613-4 Venus at the Mirror, Peter Paul Rubens - Liechtenstein Museum, Wenen, particuliere collectie Vorst van Liechtenstein, Vaduz
1618 Vieja friendo huevos (1618, English: Old Woman Frying Eggs). National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Diego Velázquez - Google Art Project: Home – pic Maximum resolution
1640 A Dance to the Music of Time, Nicolas Poussin, Wallace Collection, London
1660 Titus as a Monk, Rembrandt van Rijn, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The artist portrayed his 19-year-old son Titus, with whom he had an especially close relationship, as a Franciscan monk.
Dominicans sing seven verses in the church where St. Catherine (1347-1380) is entombed in her stone coffin under the altar. The church is Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. Below is the first verse.
I am watching a Twilight Zone marathon. How many episodes of the 1960s warned of mind control? Turn on, tune in, and drop out. Let us take apart the second part of the hippie slogan - tune in. What does tune in mean? High school was six blocks from the Haight. My biological father was president of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council in 1970, and that was the year my informal education on tuning in to the dangers of mind control began.
Video from 1968 https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218469
The mayor’s son was in my class. His father authorized the formation of a tactical squad in late 1967 after the advertised “Summer of Love” had drawn people from everywhere. The mayor was forced to quell violent protests that were occurring at the same time that the drug culture was emerging in the Haight Ashbury and protests were erupting at San Francisco State University. It all seemed like an ordinary day to a high schooler. Haight St https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218468
In the 60s, my siblings and I were sequestered, silent observers in Catholic schools. One of the schools was directly across the street from the action. My sisters wore school uniforms, and my brother and I had a dress code to follow, so the people in the street video violated norms set at school and at home. Both my sisters were beautiful girls in their uniforms. Photo courtesy of Frank Dunnigan, friend/author from high school.
My priest said that success as an author is possible if it is conducive to my salvation. Mary Kaye had moderate success. She had a lovely contralto voice, perfect for this moderately melancholic song. Ignore the background. It is not San Fran, but she does pronounce San Francisco correctly.
These well-dressed and properly-shod dancers are so cute. My brother and older sister had dance parties in the basement of our home. They spilled sawdust all over to make the cement floor more slippery. Mom and Dad danced in the living room. I could never get enough of that. Mom was very naturally a notorious flirt. My dad liked that. So did I.
I’d rather pay attention to them shuffle than you, Stupid Cupid Cupich of Chicago. You have no youth. I’d like to see you dumped in Death Valley and find your way out. You’d look great in a wedgie since you are an axle. Same for your pal … in America we can vote to dethrone. What a shame we cannot disconnect you and the axle in Rome.
Cardinal Cupich of Chicago will not allow the 1962 Missal on Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and First Sundays. The new rule takes effect on Jan 25, 2022.
“The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, one of the largest traditional societies of apostolic life, has said that the explanatory document [from Stupid Cupid Cupich] ‘does not directly address the former Ecclesia Dei communities such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter who possess their own proper law.’”
Stupid Cupich is driving me into the arms of my Lover Boy on Sundays and Holy Days, and I listen to Him, but not at half-past 8. When Mom and Dad said listen, it meant obey, did it not?
No valves. Just pipes. One commenter said, “The Sound of Civilization Arriving.”
third-most beautiful sounding language
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.
keiki - kids
The 1962 Missal, which is in Latin with English translation on every page, is used. A missal is a liturgical book containing all instructions and texts necessary for the celebration of Mass throughout the year. The Mass is long, but the picture is clear and the sermon excellent. Many artists and artisans made what is seen. I also posted the video so that one might reflect on the magic bullet, natural antibodies that seem to fly to their specific objective in a charmed fashion (P. Ehrlich 1907). He who is within the florid monstrance unveiled at the end will neutralize all microbial attackers and bigger.
Be careful about giving advice. If you do, be prepared to act on it. When I give a student some new vocabulary and ask him to write a sentence using a new word, he writes a sentence and I write a sentence. If I ask a student to write a paragraph on a subject, he writes one and I write one. If I assign a practice test, he does it and I do it. The only place I have given advice on this website is under Author. I said, “Practice and practice some more.” Do I follow my own advice? Yes. I practice writing every single day. If you advise and you are not prepared to act, how empty the words are.
I realized over the course of an evening that loneliness is an invitation. From whom? The Master, the Man who hangs on the cross, the Man I love. Lo these many years, the invitation was made, but I did not understand or was unwilling to accept. Writing brings clarity, and it has brought me to a point of acceptance.
Here is some practice writing: Only two people have ever loved me, my parents. They never hurt me, but they are gone. I have been walked on by many people, including family, and I would not cut them off, which enabled them. That is ending. A long time ago, my mother said to me, “You expect too much of people.” What she was really saying was, don’t expect anything from anyone. My Lord has been telling me the same thing all my life. How much my parents modeled Him for me! I have always loved myself while others did not. Nevertheless, the love that I have for the people in my life will not change. I am learning a new way – take some time off, be quiet, be with Him alone, get closer and closer every day.
Thanks for considering advice I have just given myself.
By Suzanne Toolan, RSM, 94, retired music teacher Mercy High School, Burlingame, CA.
When I visited by brother for the last time, he told me he had a dream, and in the dream Christ gave him communion. I am confident Tommy will be raised up on the last day.
If you like Mozart and have an hour or so, you will like this. The video is from 2003, so the picture quality isn’t fantastic, but the sound is good. Missa Pro Defuncto is Mass for the Dead and is performed here by orchestra, choir, soloists, and organist in church during Mass, something rarely done, even in Poland, which is 93% Catholic. Coordination between FSSP priests and the music makers is not difficult, because Mozart was devout and composed for worship. Mozart’s native language was German, he spoke Italian and French, and his Latin was excellent.
The 1984 film Amadeus was junk for portraying Mozart as if he were an adult child. You often hear Dominus vobiscum in the Mass. It means, “May the Lord be with you.” If you recall the film, Star Wars, you heard the expression, “May the Force be with you.” Surprise!
The Sanctus at 48 minutes is loud. The composed Mass is dramatic throughout, which is fitting because it is the unbloody sacrifice, the living re-presentation of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, the most magnificent and ongoing moment of salvation. It is offered for Mozart, and Lacrymosa, meaning tears, the last bit of music, suddenly ends. He was working on it on his deathbed and died before finishing.
The choir and soloists understand the Latin, and the musicians are filled with sorrowful joy at the consecration with heads bent down over their instruments. How much does the congregation understand at a Mass in Latin? Parts are repetitive and become easy after a while. My Missal lets me cheat because it has English and Latin side-by-side on every page. Altar boys here in Sacramento have the long and short responses memorized, including our little Gregory.
When people say, “I am spiritual but not religious,” are they serious? Separation of the two is not even fiction, which must contain some truth therein. So, spiritual but not religious? Gazing at mother earth is a spiritual experience, and church is not necessary. No, mother earth is not God. Still spiritual but not religious? At their particular judgments, dissenters will hear these words, “I am the bridegroom, and the Church is My bride.” This is frighteningly unavoidable.
God’s mercy and justice are His, not mine, to give. His words are His, not mine, to speak. Christ and the Catechism are indivisible, and the Church, not mother earth, is His living body. When I step inside, I see all the statues - the more, the better - my living family, and on the crucifix is the Man I love, making me beholden to His Body and Blood. The translation of the praises in Latin, the language of unshakeable clarity, is very good.
Sabaoth means the hosts of heaven.
Ad Magnam Dei Gloriam means To the Great Glory of God.
I will ask Alexander (7) for a review, which he will give in five seconds - if it is thumbs-down, I will delete. We were talking about ladybugs, and I asked him, if you are a man, are you called a manbug? He liked a new word I gave him, paydirt, and screamed it from the bathroom for mother and tutor to hear.
Father Pedro Poveda founded the Teresian Association whose women were involved in all levels of education from elementary school to higher education, for women. Teacher-training academies were established in many cities in Spain. On July 8, 1936, a firing squad murdered him. Age 61. The executioners were backed by an alliance of anarchists (of the communist and syndicalist type), who opposed the Nationalists (Falangists, monarchists, conservatives, and traditionalists). He was a priest, not a politician. However, when revolutionaries gain a foothold, freedom is suspended until truth is restored. On October 10, 1993, he was made a saint.
Spanish National Anthem www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMZJncP9vU
South Vietnamese National Anthem www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Knv_QNRfss
French Royalist Song www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKFS6ViVN4o
Note: In the Spanish video, a giant monstrance is present. The float is carried by a male phalanx. Hundreds and hundreds of artists and artisans were employed to make the cathedral, monstrance, and float, altogether one of the finest examples of national pride and faith. Carrying the float on a downward slope is difficult because all the weight shifts forward, and it is hot underneath.
Officially, the lyrics of the anthem were dropped because of liberalizing forces, sad indeed because Franco protected nation and Church from communists.
Francoist Spain’s economy grew. “The success of the stabilization program was attributable to a combination of good luck and good management and the impressive development during this period was referred to as the ‘Spanish miracle’. Between 1959 and 1974, Spain had the next fastest economic growth rate after Japan. The boom came to an end with the oil shocks of the 1970s and government instability during the transition back to democracy after Franco's death in 1975.” - Wikipedia.com.
Following is the Falangist Anthem and a look at life under the strongman. If it looks slightly Nazi, ignore that aspect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4qvZT_y2g4
In the next video, the military sings El Novio de la Muerte - Bridegroom of Death, referring to Christ and soldier alike, hymn and regimental slow march of the Spanish Legion. They have so much more class than communists … who face Hell. One of my students is traveling to Spain this coming summer. The people of Spain are handsome; the tenor is magnificent; I hope my student and his soccer team win.
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
The singers sing in pseudo-Latin, but they sound great. Someone said it is ancient Romanian. The following lyrics are repeated: In nòreni per ìpe, in noreni coràh; tirà mine per ìto, ne dominà. The last time the refrain is sung, it becomes: In ròmine tirmèno, ne ròmine to fa, imàgine pro mèno, per imentirà. For me, words sometimes matter less than the feelings produced by, and the intent of, a song. Anyway, it is fun to sing the powerful lyrics with them and sound very Roman. I am no sailor, but I think tossing the stick over the side is to determine speed. One counts the seconds to pass-by. It would not be a jiffy, not on these craft, because a jiffy is 1/100 of a second.
From one of the schools operated by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. I recall Sister Mary Eileen, PBVM, 6th grade teacher, 1963, prettiest I ever knew, who ran out of the classroom to the principal's office when we were as naughty as we could be and made her cry. Think of Sister James in the film Doubt 1964. I am sure these children are angels.
Defending tradition is just one aspect of being a Catholic, and loyalty is truly a virtue. However, any attempt to expunge those with consuetude by throwing stones at them will fail. I remember myself so to have done, and that is my common consuetude when anything pierceth or toucheth my heart - Robert Louis Stevenson. I will not be throwing stones, and all of us 1962 Mass goers might be stoned to death, but there will be future generations to carry on! For he who is not against you is with you - JC. Carry on, folks, and here is the letter from the Mass defender:
Though not addressing this issue, Brandy Clark has something to say.
The same goes for all those politicians throwing stones.
Rachmaninoff 1873-1943 wrote Vocalise. I played Chopin but not Rachmaninoff when I was taking piano lessons age 11-15. This is how I learned to read music and fall in love. Problems with my fingers persuaded me to give my piano and all the exercise books and sheet music to my nephew, Ryan, who told me he wanted his children to learn how to play. Though very hard to say good-bye to it, I am glad he has the piano. Age 12-16, Rachmaninoff lived with his tutor, Nicolai Zverev, and three other boys. The schedule was nine to noon for music and music composition followed by academics in the afternoon. Opposite is a picture of student and tutor from Arbiter Records.
The best biography is Rachmaninoff by Victor I. Seroff 1951. Amazon has two used and one collectible. Before Amazon existed, I had to ask a researcher to locate a copy for me.
A little tribute to Mom and Dad, and Tom, who died four months after Mom.
Most beautiful sounding language: Latin. My ear is trained. Shoot me if I am wrong. Here is evidence (repost). Latin has what I call internal rhyme, caused by word endings. Compound nouns and their modifiers have the same-sounding endings. One can see this in the title of the video. Latin relies heavily on the consonant sounds, k (which includes qu and x), l, m, and n. Whenever one vocalizes the letters m and n, humming is going on, as in quemquam, which means anyone. Pilate: Non sum. I am not. Jesus: Ego sum. I am.
People under 40 predominate at my parish, which is humble in comparison to Notre-Dame. The video is the end of Mass. Song - You carried the one who carries everything. She is the BVM, and the tapestries are for her. The little angel next to Jesus watches.
Did you know that the Church does not own Notre-Dame? France does, the result of the French Revolution. Encroachment or happy marriage? You will see then-Archbishop, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, greet three men in suits and two priests escort them out. My guess is that they are government officials. The cardinal would have made a better pope - not in search of a public microphone and popularity.
This is one way to learn Latin.
This is a dramatic way to write a poem - its last words name the villainess. Queen Hecuba, wife of King Priam of Troy during the Trojan War, birthed 19 children, two of whom, Hector and Troilus, were rumored to be the result of her relationship with Apollo. She is bald … no longer beautiful for what she has done.
For as long as my parents lived, Hecuba was powerless.
Artwork titled Fallen Angel III by melanneart,
2nd place winner in
The-Imaginarium's Two Themes Contest
Altan and I used this video to study the roots of English words and thereby increase his vocabulary. Right away he spotted axe, axis, a line, such as the x axis and y axis in Geometry. The scholarly interpretation is that Hecuba was thrown under the wheel (axle) of fortune, but I imagine that the line is for her signature.
Altan said the artwork is pretty scary. True!