The Making of “In His Light”

Bill Martinez alerted me to an 11-minute video documentary on the making of OLA's Advent-Christmas CD, In His Light, which I uploaded to YouTube and highlighted in the previous post here. Mike Manocchi appears rather uncomfortable in the Heart of the Nation clip that begins the video. (I don't blame him; I, a life-long introvert, would... Continue Reading →


“In His Light”

Still sounding fresh and vibrant after thirteen years! I want to express my gratitude again to all who collaborated on this wonderful project so long ago, in what seems like a different world. Listen and enjoy here. The tracks are: In His Light Ave Maria (Gregorian Chant) O Come O Come Emmanuel Holy Child Wonderful Counselor... Continue Reading →

A Christmas Cantata

  One of the greatest pieces of Advent music is not well known, nor often performed. In this Second Week of Advent, give yourself a half-hour to immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas Cantata (Une Cantate de Noël) by Swiss composer Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). It begins almost inaudibly with a depiction of the deep darkness of humanity... Continue Reading →

St. Nicholas

If you or your ancestors hail from central or western Europe, you may know that December 6, the feast of St. Nicholas, is the day the children receive gifts. This goes back as early as the 12th century when French nuns began to leave candy, nuts, and fruit as gifts outside the doors of poor... Continue Reading →

Sleepers, Awake!

To me, nothing says Advent like Bach's Cantata 140. Although written to be performed at a Lutheran Church service right before Advent (the 27th Sunday after Easter, when the Gospel reading is the Parable of the Five Wise and Five Foolish Virgins), it's the perfect reflection on the beginning of Advent for us. See if you agree. Here's... Continue Reading →

St. John of Damascus

Today's saint is not well known in the popular mind, but quite significant in our Christian heritage. He's one of those who helped shape our faith as we believe and celebrate today. Without the likes of him, our Christian understanding would be much poorer. Why is he so important? John (c. 675-749) was a Christian scholar... Continue Reading →

Welcome . . .

Welcome to my website. Thanks so much for visiting. You are welcome to explore, but please realize that this is a work in progress. If it seems disorganized, incomplete, and out of date, well, it is - at least in part. Please have patience; I'm in the process of revising and adding many things. Below is a... Continue Reading →

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In Search of Talent

"Talent" appears twice in the Gospels. First in the "Parable of the Talents" (Matthew 25:14-30), about the wealthy man who goes away and entrusts huge sums of money to servants with, uhm, mixed results. Then in the "Parable of the Unmerciful Servant" (Matthew 18:23-35 -- today's Gospel reading), the first servant owes the king 10,000 talents,... Continue Reading →

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