Archive for February, 2014
This week’s Piece of the Week is a spectacular – and rather intriguing – cantata by the inimitable William Walton. I hope you enjoy “Belshazzar’s Feast.”
I found this neat little piece entirely by accident during Youtube’s earlier years. Here’s a much better quality version of the “Rachenica” movement from Petko Staynov’s “Thracian Dances.”
In Kentucky, there’s a saying: ‘I don’t smoke and I don’t chew and I don’t go out with girls that do.’ Frankly, God could care less about that stuff, and if a person wants to feel self-righteous by that kind of superficial behavior, that’s sin, because self-righteousness is a way of isolating ourselves from other people. It turns them into ‘they,’ and ‘they’ are people we don’t want to associate with; ‘they’ are people we don’t want to care about. In God’s eyes, there are no ‘us and them.’ …[W]e’re all equal sinners, so get over it.
Here’s a famous piece by one of the pioneers of modern concert band music – John Barnes Chance’s “Blue Lake Overture.”