A Quote Off My Shelf

These are more and longer quotes than I typically post but they were too beautiful to abbreviate or reduce. A.S. Peterson's concluding sequel met and exceeded all of my expectations. The book will shatter your soul then gently, tenderly mend it together again.  The motif of music is strong throughout the book and captures best … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf

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2015: A Year in Review (Music)

^^ that's about right! No surprise on 1-4, but #5 took me by surprise--what is Bow Pop, and how could it make my top 5 if I don't know what it is?! Google failed to turn up a definition. From what I can piece together based on Spotify's playlist entitled "Bow Pop," it appears the … Continue reading 2015: A Year in Review (Music)

Reviewer’s Digest // Music Resources

On Wednesdays I am not only a blogger, I am also a piano teacher for young children. My class is a preparatory class. I do not teach on the piano, I teach music history and theory, relying on good literature and interactive activities to engage the imaginations of children ages 3-10 and cultivate in them … Continue reading Reviewer’s Digest // Music Resources

To Imitate the Strains I Love

THE REDBREAST AND THE SPARROW As a Redbreast was singing on a tree by the side of a rural cottage, a Sparrow, perched upon the thatch, took occasion thus to reprimand him: “And dost thou,” said he, “with thy dull autumnal note, presume to emulate the birds of spring? Can thy weak warblings pretend to … Continue reading To Imitate the Strains I Love

Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis 
Read October 28th

 (Afterward by Chad Walsh read on the 29th) 4 Stars I was pleased with myself for finishing the entire book in one sitting--but then again, I couldn't very well go to bed in the middle anyway. It frightened me to see the questions, the doubts, the … Continue reading Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015, dear readers. 2014 has been filled with many good books for me and I expect 2015 to be filled with many more! I have 11 mini-reviews of books from the latter half of 2014 that I have not yet published. Previously, I have published reviews individually, no matter the length, but this time I am … Continue reading Happy New Year!

Two Weeping Kings

Awhile back, I was introduced to the talents of Eric Whitacre and his evocative song "When David Heard", by my composer-friend, Zachary Horner (if you get the chance, be sure to check out his Sound Cloud account for samples of his own amazing work), and continue to be fascinated by the song's depth and intensity … Continue reading Two Weeping Kings

Songs of Asaph: The Queen of Iowa (Andrew Peterson)

#13. The Queen of Iowa Andrew Peterson Made beautiful through suffering. Miss my introduction to my "Sons/Songs of Asaph" series? Catch up here.  Miss my introduction to Andrew Peterson? Read it here. http://youtu.be/o0SBamE107Y (Lyrics) I met the queen of Iowa She was dying on a couch in the suburbs And with all of the things … Continue reading Songs of Asaph: The Queen of Iowa (Andrew Peterson)

Songs of Asaph: Mountains on the Ocean Floor (Andrew Peterson)

#12. MOUNTAINS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR Andrew Peterson Oftentimes our own sins or the sins of others seem too deep and all signs of change invisible to our mortal eyes, but for those of us in Christ we cling in faith to the promise "he who began a good work in you will bring it … Continue reading Songs of Asaph: Mountains on the Ocean Floor (Andrew Peterson)

Songs of Asaph: The Cornerstone (Andrew Peterson)

THE CORNERSTONE Andrew Peterson Full or irony and paradox, "The Cornerstone" speaks of the complexity of God's love, of God Himself who is both love and wrath, holy and merciful. "Love is never simple" Andrew Peterson sings, "it draws 'em in and drives 'em out". "A beautiful, unmovable force...the Cornerstone." "All the maps were drawn, … Continue reading Songs of Asaph: The Cornerstone (Andrew Peterson)