Palm Sunday

When the Romans conquered a region, they were relatively benign (as ruthless conquerors go) in that they would let you have your local rulers, let you practice your local religion and customs, and pretty much leave you alone as long as 1) you didn’t cause Rome any trouble, and 2) you paid your taxes to…

Do as I say and not as I do

Fugue No. 13 from ‘36 Fugues’ A. Reicha (1770-1836) "Ah, Holy Jesus" Improvisation An ever popular exercise for people watchers is to compare what folks say with what they actually do. As true as that is for individuals, it’s also true for cultures. How they do Art, and specifically Music is an example to consider:…

Bernard of Clairvaux

"Your Lovingkindness In The Morning"    W. Zeitler  with Amy Gonos, soprano "Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning, for in Thee do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto Thee." Ps.143:8 “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”  Improvisation Bernard of Clairvaux…

A Leaf in the Wind

"A Leaf in the Wind" W. Zeitler "If Thou But Suffer God To Guide Thee" Improvisation At least in 'classic' Presbyterianism, a distinguishing doctrine is that our eternal fate is 'predestined' since before the Beginning. Now I'm no theologian or church historian, and I'm certainly not going to go into the pros and cons of…