Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a Happy Feast of the Holy Name to you all!
This time around I share a great episode from the Song Exploders podcast, a wonderful new resource for engaging Scripture with art, and announce a date for my ordination!
As we enter into a new Gregorian year, I thought I would share an idea I encountered last week: ditching New Year’s resolutions in place of a New Year’s Bingo Card.
My 2019 Bingo Card is below. Some of these spaces are bound to be marked based on current plans I already have; others will require more intentional effort. Viv is working on hers as well. We’ll see how it goes!
I like this low-pressure, almost fun way to make and track goals throughout the year.
I occasionally listen to Song Exploder, a fascinating podcast in which “musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.”
The final episode of this season covered one of my personal favorite classical pieces: Yo Yo Ma’s (many) recordings of the Prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major.
This episode highlights the fascinating history of that piece in general, as well as Yo Yo Ma’s experience playing it for decades. You can listen to Yo Yo Ma’s final recording of the Cello Suite here. It was recorded in 2018.
Something worth exploring this year is the recently-launched Visual Commentary on Scripture. This growing collection offers reflections on works of art that are based on various passages in Scripture.
During Advent, the Logic School students at Coram Deo Academy’s Dallas campus explored several of these pieces, including this 14th century icon and this 17th century painting that highlights the New Creation brought about by the birth of Jesus.