Free Speech and the Mikado

This past weekend my wife and I got to see Lee University's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado.  It was a strange production; it was one of those things where the audience sat on the stage and the performers did their thing in the seats.  The program regaled us with the usual politically correct …

Tom Belt and the God Unlimited Singers: The Agape Factory

GIA M/S-142 (1971) God Unlimited's earliest works were a hard act to follow.  A group that, in some ways, set the pace for Episcopal/Catholic folk music sounds more "mainstream" than creative in this work. Part of that was the inclusion of a set of "Mass ordinaries" (use of the term "Mass" wasn't quite according to …

Ed Gutfreund: From an Indirect Love

Epoch VII EG100 (1974) "The old folk Mass" has become the phrase used by teary-eyed, nostalgic Catholics (and some who left the Church) for the liturgical events of the 1960's and 1970's, when the organ gathered dust and the guitars--six and twelve string--were unpacked for the celebration of the sacred mysteries.  But was it really …

Bernie Sanders and the Test Pattern T-Shirt

Shepard Fairey, who designed the Obama "Hope" logo back in 2008 (which has spawned many parodies) is "feeling the Bern" and backing Bernie Sanders, not only in word but in deed, with his tee-shirt design: I dunno, this reminds me of the old test patterns TV stations used to use at the start of the …

Sandi Yonikus: Building the Earth

Liturgical Press  11468 (1968) This "pre-NOM" album (which means we've had one and a half liturgical upheavals since then) is, despite its pretentious title, a mixture of a children's' album and early Catholic folk.  Or maybe the pretentious title is reasonable: children are the future, something that the dropping birth rate of the time tended …

The Last War of the Hippie Dreamers

With the Iowa caucuses in the rear view mirror, our Presidential campaign begins to clarify a bit.  Candidates drop out, others give mixed signals, still others need to quit but haven't figured it out yet.  Most of that action is on the Republican side, but that's where most of the candidates are.  When you have …

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