08. June 2018 · Comments Off on More Vocal Music · Categories: vocal

Life Has Loveliness To Sell by James Q Mullholland
Diocesan Choral Society

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

07. June 2018 · Comments Off on More Vocal Music · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

A Worshiper and a Man by Timothy C. Takach and CORO Vocal Artists

(**Careful … after the song ends there’s an annoying bit of noise! You might want to turn off your speakers!)


The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds;
The leaden thunders crashed.
A worshipper raised his arm.
“Hearken! Hearken! The voice of God!”

“Not so,” said a man.
“The voice of God whispers in the heart
So softly
That the soul pauses,
Making no noise,
And strives for these melodies,
Distant, sighing, like faintest breath,
And all the being is still to hear.”

– Stephen Crane

06. June 2018 · Comments Off on Just Sing! · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

I do not have a good singing voice. But I sing, and my heart always hurts a little when my students say they don’t sing at all. I think it helps us with our oboe playing. Besides, it brings great joy! Not every choir is perfect. But o join in song with a group is really a wonderful thing.

You can see that these young men are so into what they are doing. I love it!

And now goodnight.

Jay Giallombardo: Sure on this Shining Night
Diocesan Boys School Choir

03. May 2018 · 2 comments · Categories: vocal

I’ve been enjoying vocal music this morning. It helps my heart when I’m down. It helps when it’s not down, too! I don’t have a good voice (my siblings were blessed with great voices. I was blessed with an oboe reed, I guess.) but I still like to sing. No one needs to hear me … I can sing in my house and in my car and I’m just fine with that.

This song is usually done by children, but I like this video because it includes all ages. This is the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™, Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder and New York Choral Society John Daly Goodwin, Music Director with Jim Papoulis, Piano.

(As I was watching another video of all young people singing this song I was reminded of how important my teaching can be — how I need to be careful with my words and I must listen to students more attentively. It was a good reminder. One I must heed daily.)

09. January 2018 · Comments Off on I’m Impressed! · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™, Videos, vocal

I played this version of Gaudete last night for Dan before he could see the singers. Then I said, “Look at them!” Like me he didn’t expect such young singers. These young men get such a wonderful sound and I’m so very impressed!

Raffles Voices Male Chamber; Toh Ban Sheng, Conductor

25. December 2017 · Comments Off on Mary, Did You Know? · Categories: Christmas, vocal

Voctave sings with the songwriter Mark Lowry on his song “Mary, Did you Know?”

Music: Buddy Greene; Lyrics: Mark Lowry

21. December 2017 · Comments Off on Ave Maria · Categories: vocal

Well, I don’t pray to Mary, so there’s that. BUT this is just so darn beautiful!

Franz Biebl: Ave Maria

09. December 2017 · Comments Off on Advent: Day Seven · Categories: Advent, vocal · Tags: ,

Gabriel’s Message
Swingle Singers

20. October 2017 · Comments Off on VOCES8 · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Listen, vocal

I’m sure I’ll feature this Voces8 video on my Sunday Morning music soon, but I’m just so darn excited to know I’ll be hearing them live this coming Monday I have to share this now as well.

Because beauty.

VOCES8: Beati Quorum Via – Charles Villiers Stanford

“Blessed are those who walk undefiled in the name of the Lord.”

26. July 2017 · Comments Off on And Now With Words · Categories: vocal

I’ve heard “Long, Long Ago” since I began learning to play … most likely even on flute, which preceded my oboe studies. I never knew the words. It’s fun to hear it this way, in a pretty arrangement by Dan Forrest. I wonder if I’ll hear it differently when my students play it now. It just might happen!

Thomas Haynes Bayly: Long, Long Ago, arr. Forrest
National Taiwan University Chorus; Jennifer YangChin Chi, Conductor

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
Long, long ago, long, long ago,
Sing me the songs I delighted to hear,
Long, long ago, long ago,
Now you are come all my grief is removed,
Let me forget that so long you have roved.
Let me believe that you love as you loved,
Long, long ago, long ago.

Do you remember the paths where we met?
Long, long ago, long, long ago.
Ah, yes, you told me you’d never forget,
Long, long ago, long ago.
Then to all others, my smile you preferred,
Love, when you spoke, gave a charm to each word.
Still my heart treasures the phrases I heard,
Long, long ago, long ago.

Tho’ by your kindness my fond hopes were raised,
Long, long ago, long, long ago.
You by more eloquent lips have been praised,
Long, long ago, long, long ago,
But, by long absence your truth has been tried,
Still to your accents I listen with pride,
Blessed as I was when I sat by your side.
Long, long ago, long ago.