Random Exercise Generator

Have you ever stared at a blank page and asked yourself “what am I going to write today?” If you have, then good news! I have a random musical exercise generator for you. I have added a permanent link under the “music” tab in the menu and you can also find it down below. IfContinue reading “Random Exercise Generator”

Across the Sea of Sorrows (A Sea Shanty)

Hey all, Just thought I would post something that I found fun. One of the challenges given during the 2021 Getty Hymn Writers Collective was to write a song that tapped into the essence of a sea shanty. As I started listening to sea shanties I found one that I absolutely loved called “Across theContinue reading “Across the Sea of Sorrows (A Sea Shanty)”

Once in Royal David’s City

For the twelfth text of Christmas, this blogger gives to thee… Our final text for Christmas was written by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848. The rich lyrics first imagine the nativity scene, then remind us that we should imitate Christ as he took on our flesh and lived among us. The text ends with anContinue reading “Once in Royal David’s City”

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

For the eleventh text of Christmas, this blogger gives to thee… There is an incredible mystery and power in the incarnation. The deeply theological lyrics to this carol convey a sense of the reverence and awe, like what the shepherds gave the newborn babe in Bethlehem. Christ, a person of the Trinity, ruler of heaven, creator ofContinue reading “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

For the tenth text of Christmas, this blogger gives to thee… This Polish carol, translated in the early twentieth century, is a reflection on the humble birth of Jesus. It repeats its simple gospel message at the end of each verse: Jesus the Lord came to Earth for you! Infant holy, infant lowly,for his bedContinue reading “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

For the ninth text of Christmas, this blogger gives to thee… A deservedly well-known classic, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is rich with Advent theology. The first verse paraphrases Luke 2:14 and imagines the night sky the shepherds beheld. The second verse sings of the divine nature of Christ. The third verse triumphantly praises JesusContinue reading “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

For the eighth text of Christmas, this blogger gives to thee… A garden reference more familiar than the apple tree from our third text, this poem using a flowering rose to symbolize Christ’s birth was originally a German poem from the sixteenth century. Michael Praetorius wrote his beautiful setting in 1609, though the famous EnglishContinue reading “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”