First time doing this. How badly can I mess it up?
I think I know already what I want to play for Palm Sunday Mass next year. I’m thinking “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” a cappella at offertory and “Panis Angelicus” (the traditional, not the Franck, which I’m not a giant fan of), also a cappella, at Communion. And “Jesus, Remember Me” for recessional, too. I also know what I want to do for Thanksgiving Mass (which is bilingual) and the Feast of the Presentation two years from now, when it falls on a Sunday. I don’t pick the hymns I play at my main parish, but at least I can suggest this stuff and it’s likely to happen.
If all goes well, I will catch three baseball games during my vacation next month. Plus I think I’ll be visiting my friend who was recently ordained a Lutheran minister. He’s a good guy. Nothing like a little bit of friendly Lutheran-Catholic teasing.
Why aren’t there more Catholic organists blogging? Serious question. Google isn’t helping me find other organists. On the other hand, I wind up being a decent help for at least some folks, because I have a perspective on certain parts of the organisting biz and based on my data from WordPress, it looks like people are looking for that sort of information. Then again, maybe I should corner the market on blogging Catholic organists. OK, Catholic organists. None of y’all blog. Leave it to moi.
The rest of the family was gone for a chunk of this week, so I had to walk Scarlet. I had barely walked her since a German shepherd attacked her in December (I wouldn’t do it, because I was the one walking her during the attack and it was more upsetting than I care to admit), so it took a little bit of readjustment to get back into walking. She hasn’t been attacked, at least, this time.
Actually, walking Scarlet was kind of like tempting fate, because the parents were out of town when Scarlet was attacked, so I had to take her to the vet and pay the $600 to have her repaired. Another time when the parents were out of town, my bike broke under me, then my arm broke under me. Yet I successfully got on the bike twice while they were gone.
The folks at English Mass at my main parish are more traditionally minded, but I’m going to gently push them a little bit over the next few months by getting some Spirit & Song stuff (which I mostly don’t like) that snuck into our hymnal. Like I said, I mostly don’t like Spirit & Song, but we’re going to try this hymn in a couple weeks:
And this hymn in September or so (skip ahead to 2:07 or so to avert the annoying interview part of the program):
You will note the composers played their stuff on guitar. I ain’t. I’m playing these on organ, because the publishers were smart enough to put in an accompaniment that would work for organ. (And if they hadn’t, I either would have had to make one up myself or just skip out on the hymns.)
It’s the little things in life, isn’t it? We had going-away drinks for coworkers Monday. Another coworker has a birthday gathering today. And another has a birthday gathering next week, though not on a work day, so I’ll be driving in for it. Just hanging out, chatting and sharing drinks. Relatively inexpensive, but also worth it.
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