Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 24!

Advent Day 24

Day 24: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” words by Phillips Brooks; music by Lewis Redner This song is a sentimental favorite of mine. I’ve always found it very calming, like a lullaby, yet it’s poignant at the same time. There’s … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 22!

Advent Day 22

Day 22: “In Dulci Jubilo,” attributed to Heinrich Seuse It’s a dream of mine to attend the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols presented at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England every year on Christmas Eve. The service, which alternates … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 13!

Advent Day 13

Day 13: Joni Mitchell, “River” Okay, my dear music nerds, I have something to say that might make many of you mad. Don’t be mad, okay? On second thought, go ahead, if you need to. After all, who am I … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 12!

Advent Day 12

Day 12: “Ríu Ríu Chíu,” 16th-century Spanish Carol When McDoc and I lived in Boston, we sang with a wonderful choral group, Masterworks Chorale. The group puts on three concerts each year at Sanders Theatre on the Harvard campus, plus … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 9!

Advent Day 9

Day 9: “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” Confession: I sorta have a thing for eerie, somber music. I’m not an eerie or somber person, but there’s just something compelling about music that delves into the shadows. I think it’s … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 8!

Advent Day 8

Day 8: Franz Biebl, “Ave Maria” I grew up in the Lutheran Church, which explains my love of hymns, as well as a few of my endearing personality quirks. McDoc, on the other hand, was raised Roman Catholic, and we … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 6!

Advent Day 6

Day 6: Christina Rossetti/Gustav Holst – “In The Bleak Midwinter” Snow and sleet came to Pittsburgh today, and that reminds me of the classic Christmas hymn, “In The Bleak Midwinter.” The Gustav Holst setting was a Christmas Eve tradition with … Continue reading

Miss Music Nerd’s Musical Advent Calendar, Day 4!

Advent Day 4

Day 4: Benjamin Britten, “This Little Babe” from A Ceremony of Carols A Ceremony of Carols by English composer Benjamin Britten is a well-loved and frequently-performed choral work for the Christmas season, scored for treble voices (women, girls, or boys) … Continue reading

Happy Easter Monday, Music Nerds!

I Survived HW 2013

And Happy Passover to everyone still celebrating! A few years ago when I began my church organist job in Boston, I started a tradition of making a Badge of Completion to share with everyone involved in the church marathon that … Continue reading

The Bells Ring Remembrance

When I sat down at my computer this morning for my customary Facebook-and-coffee routine, I saw that many friends were posting tributes to the victims and heroes of 9/11. As I pondered what would be a good musical tribute for … Continue reading