Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We heps yu singz better hoomin muzik. Kthxbai.

Need help with your non-chant musical notation? Look no further than our fine furry friends, happy to help you out when they're not otherwise all over the interwebs:

Musical Notation, As Described By Cats

(Source: Trumpet Angst on Tumblr. Hat Tip: former RPCer Sarah Beasley.)

Oh, the title is written is my best LOLspeak, the invented language of LOLcats, er, "kittehs." Believe it or not, there is an effort to translate the entire Bible into LOLspeak. I'll only post as much as I think will not cause lightning to strike me:
Genesis 1: Boreded Ceiling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffs
1 Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat [1] maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.
2 Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.
*Paul heads to confession

If you need help with "LOL," you might as well pack up your computer and return it now, er, nao, k?

[1] Usually a white cat, as opposed to "Basement Cat," usually a black cat.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, Nov. 3: Extraordinary Form Mass of All Souls

5:30 PM (or as soon as you can arrive from work) at the Cathedral.

Miserere (Rossini)

Introit: Requiem aeternam (mp3)

Kyrie (mp3)

Gradual: Requiem aeternam (mp3)

Tract: Absolve, Domine (mp3)

Sequence: Dies irae

Offertory: Domine Jesu Christe (mp3), Miserere Illi Deus

Sanctus (mp3)

Agnus Dei (mp3)

Communio: Lux aeterna (mp3)Libera me (Gowers)

In Paradisum


Monday, October 9, 2017

Oct. 22: 29th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Introit: Ego clamavi

KyrieGloria (mp3), SanctusAgnus Dei: Mass VIII

Credo III (mp3)

Offertory: Meditabor, What Shall I Render To The Lord

Communion: Domine Dominus nosterRegnum Mundi (Gallus a.k.a. Handl)

Recessional: Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oct. 8: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

(seeing how the readings are all about vineyards this Sunday...)

4:15 PM at the Cathedral. Remember:

  1. The church doors will not open before 4 PM; and
  2. Give Kathy room to arrange the chairs in the manner she sees fit.

Introit: In voluntate tua (T/B)

KyrieGloria (mp3), SanctusAgnus Dei: Mass VIII

Credo III (mp3)

Offertory: Vir erat (S/A), Jerusalem My Happy Home

Communion: In salutare tuo, Ave Verum (Perosi)

Recessional: Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Welcome Back

Get those robes cleaned and ironed...it's time. From Kathy, with emphasis added:
Hope your summer was pleasant!

First of all, there is sad news.  Some of you are not aware that our superb alto, Bev, suffered the death of her husband, Tony, early in the summer.  Our sincere sorrow goes to Bev.  Those of you who have experienced this type of loss understand all that is involved.  May Tony rest in peace!

But on a joyous note, Eric and Theresa celebrated the baptism of their beautiful son, Noah, a couple of weeks ago.

Some of you have still not returned your music from last choir season.  Please turn in the music as soon as possible.  If you need another turn-in sheet, please let me know and I will forward one to you.

Choir rehearsals will resume Tuesday, September 26, in [our usual location].  7 PM, as in the past.

We are always in need of new people.  Please let me know if you are bringing or referring someone new so that I can prepare music.

I am willing to do the pre-rehearsal chant classes if anyone wants to do that.  I need to know soon, however, so that I can prepare for that as well.

I look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

Some notes on "Welcome Back, Kotter," a favorite show of my childhood:

The show lasted from 1975 to 1979. According to IMDB, it was originally going to be named just "Kotter," but that didn't give songwriter John Sebastian enough to go on for the theme song. Since part of the premise was that Gabriel Kotter was coming back to the high school where he had once been a "sweathog," Sebastian decided to focus on the words "welcome back." That became the name of the theme song, and the producers liked it so much that they changed the title to the one we all know and love. The song reached #1 on the Billboard charts.

By the final season, both Gabriel Kaplan and John Travolta had all but left the show, just making a few token appearances each. Travolta, of course, became a movie star via Saturday Night Fever and Grease, and continues to make movies to this day. Kaplan became a professional poker player. Marcia Strassman, who played Julie Kotter, passed away in 2014. Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein) and Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack) died within weeks of each other in 2012. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington) made promos for the re-airing of WBK on MeTV.

I caught a few episodes when they aired on MeTV, and I still found them quite funny. I recently came across Kaplan's comedy album which was largely the basis for the show, but I passed on buying it. I would likely have to go to confession if I were to listen to the rest of it; Kaplan's comedy was quite off color. He joined the likes of Redd Foxx and, more recently, Steve Harvey who had to clean up their acts for television.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Singers Wanted for Triumph of the Cross / Summorum Pontifcum Anniversary

If you're available to sing for an Extraordinary Form High Mass on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM at Holy Spirit Mission (not/not the Cathedral), please let Kathy know. She'll inform you where and when the remaining rehearsals are, as well as the call time on the 14th. This Mass is not only for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, but to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI's elimination of restrictions on celebrating the Extraordinary Form Mass. Fr. Paul Fazio will be the celebrant.

The new RPC season will be starting soon. You can do some preseason workouts by bench-pressing the St. Michael's Hymnal a few times...if possible.

Monday, August 21, 2017