Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Square Note: A Review

It took me a while, but I just downloaded the Square Note chant app for my Android smartphone which I mentioned here; the icon appears above. I think it is more than worth the $2.99 I spent; in fact, this is the first app this tech cheapskate has spent any money on.

It has all the propers for the liturgical year, both NO and EF. It has all the ordinaries and many of the other chants we use throughout the year (Stabat Mater, Adoro Te Devote, Salve Regina, etc.). Although I do not believe Kathy would want you to do this on any regular basis, it can be a source of last resort when you forget to bring some or all of your music.

The only downside, and it isn't much of one, is that the app plays back midi-sounding files for the pieces instead of the voices on Corpus Christi Watershed et al. It plays them along with the notes flashing if you press the screen at the beginning or in any other section. I recommend against how it runs through, say, the Gloria Patri, however; that staccato is exactly what Kathy doesn't want.

Perhaps best of all, each app download benefits its creators, the Oblates of St. Joseph in the United States. It's available for both Android and iPhone.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kathy at the Colloquium

Kathy will soon be returning from her Tradition Unlike Any Other, namely attending the Sacred Music Colloquium held this year in St. Paul, MN. Here are a few shots of her, courtesy of New Liturgical Movement:

I'm guessing the fisheye lens was necessary because the photographer was at the edge of the choir loft.
A better shot of Kathy.
Here, I believe she's the one in the sunglasses.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Totus Est

Thus endeth the 2016-17 Regina Pacis Cantorum season.

I'd say the biggest thing we had to contend with this year would be the weather. We prayed for years for an end to our drought, and boy, did we get it, starting with flooding in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City in January, and following with epic snowfall in the Sierras. The flooding even impacted our rehearsals as a flash flood broke out in our parking lot, and a February rehearsal was cancelled when rain instead of snow again hit the mountains.

We suffered a couple losses as benefactor LTG Martin Brandtner, USMC and former soprano Helen Carrico went to receive what we pray are their eternal rewards. Also, we will be dealing with some uncertainty next season as we learned the Franciscans will leave the Cathedral in April June 2018.

We managed to make it through the tension of a brutal election season still unified.

We had to take the Harbor Freeway to any harbor, back up 5 miles to the spoon in the road, and get out and cut off our Slausons just to get to Immaculate Conception while construction was going on at Pyramid Highway and McCarran Boulevard. (I miss Johnny Carson.)

We sang at St. Mary in the Mountains church in Virginia City for the first time, accompanied by a barely-in-tune organ and dozens of motorcycles.

And since we could not get out of the season without one more weather note, we left our robes home for today's heated Corpus Christi Mass while a wildfire raged just to the west of Kathy's house. Looks like her development will be safe, although her home did lose power.

Thanks to all of you who sang for making the season memorable, especially those who had never sung with us before. Thank you to Jennifer and Nancy for accompanying us on organ. Thank you to all the parishes and pastors who had us sing for them. Thank you to our patrons and benefactors, known and anonymous. And thanks most of all to the indefatigable Kathy, who almost singlehandedly keeps RPC going.

Enjoy the summer, and as I like to say, find something else to do on Tuesday nights for the next few months. See you in the fall! If you need some summer reading and listening, look here.

BTW, Kathy and I are filling in for the ailing Bob Buschine (who can still use your prayers) as cantors at the Cathedral's 5 PM Sunday Masses, at least until we start singing again.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hot, Hot, Hot

With a forecast high temperature of 94 in Reno tomorrow, disrobing is authorized. Kathy has said we do not need to wear our robes for our final Mass, but we will still want to dress nicely; no jeans or T-shirts, please. Bring plenty of water. We can all therefore start cleaning our robes; unless you somehow were born with no sweat glands whatsoever, your robe is going to need it.

Make sure to hydrate over the next several days as well, as temperatures push toward 100 degrees. It could be worse; we could be in Las Vegas, where 120 is not out of the question next week. In case you forgot, Monday, June 12's high was 60 in Reno, and several inches of snow fell in the Sierras.
Just another June in Reno-Tahoe. (Photo: the wise guys at CHP Truckee. "Now if we could just get our base tan going," they said.)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Or Would He Play For The Sacramento Fracto Demum?


(Photo: nba.com)

A brief and humorous tangent into sports:

In a result that delighted many in our area, the Golden State Warriors just captured their second NBA title in three years over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the other one last year. As a result, many sports pundits are talking about whether the Cavaliers might retool themselves like the Warriors did last year, luring all-star Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder. (The satirical Eye Of The Tiber has a funny related story here.)

While Cleveland's LeBron "King" James gets most of the limelight in Cleveland, his point guard has been essential to the team's success, namely, Kyrie Irving (above). That's right, "Kyrie." But he pronounces it "Ki-ree," not "Kee-ree-eh." It's not likely he would become expendable, but with a name like "Kyrie," how could we refuse him in our bass section?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Meanwhile in Baltimore...

(my and Sandy's hometown, in case you didn't know)

The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori, a.k.a. "Baltimore's Powerhouse of Prayer," is within walking distance of the Basilica of the Assumption, the oldest cathedral in the U.S. It has been the only church in the Baltimore area that offers Mass in the Extraordinary Form, an unfortunate situation considering Baltimore's rich Catholic history. Well, the Rorate Caeli blog reports that St. Alphonsus will continue to offer EF Masses thanks to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) taking it over.

Kathy tells me the FSSP is very much in demand, but unfortunately will not be coming to Reno anytime soon. We can always pray that will change; with absolutely no disrespect to those there now, could you imagine the FSSP in charge of Holy Spirit Mission, if not the Cathedral? Recall that we sang for Fr. Timothy O'Brien two years ago, just after he was ordained an FSSP priest.