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2 November 2019

5K walk. Morningside Heights.

Walked in solidarity with Kirk in the Hills to support Accent Pontiac. Accent Pontiac’s mission is “strengthening Pontiac’s youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consistent music making.” My father’s first jobs were as a high school instrumental teacher and band director. The last half of the play list honors him.

It was great to get some exercise, support a friend, support a great cause, and remember my father.

In Every Corner of the Forest Part 1 – Bill Miller
Stick Me for My Riches – Wu-Tang Clan
Come Alive – Eternal Summers
Old Glad – Jack Gladstone
I Could Write a Book – Miles Davis
The Wooden Shoe – John McCutcheon
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
The Four Legged Ones – Joanne Shenandoah
El Chivo – The Chieftains with Los Cenzontles
Scotland the Brave – The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Tank Regiment
The Thunderer – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic
Washington Post – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic
Hands Across the Sea – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic
Light Cavalry Overture – London Festival Orchestra
Under the Double Eagle – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic
The National Emblem – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic
March of the Toreadors from Carmen – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic
Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39 – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic
Colonel Bogey – Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic

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Workout 25 February 2018

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You Know I Love You – B.B. King
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Eva Cassidy
Man Made Lake – Calexico
Song for Ireland – Mary Black
Rain Us Love – Native Root
Nadine – Chuck Berry
Photograph – Ringo Starr
The Prayer – Celtic Woman
Sebastian – Ruben Blades
Upon These Stones – Les Miserables Original Broadway Cast
Sentimental Johnny – Flogging Molly
Crazy Dream – Los Lonely Boys
So Much – Macy Gray
Old Devil Time – Pat Humphries
Monsieur Bibendum – Tyro
Peter – David LaMotte

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Workout 23 February 2018

IMG-6943Gym at the Shire. Treadmill. Core work.
Themes from Harvest Home – James Galway
St. Louis Blues – Bessie Smith
Hoochie Coochie Man – Eric Clapton
Laganside – Smailovic & Sands
Stand by Me – John Lennon
Prince of Darkness – Indigo Girls
I Found a Love – Wilson Pickett
All That Heaven Will Allow – Bruce Springsteen
Buck – Nina Simone
Country Road – James Taylor
Joy (Pt. 1) – Isaac Hayes
Raglan Road – The Chieftains and Roger Daltry
When We Collide – k.d. lang
Ice Cream – Coalishun
Jet Lag Chase – Debi Graham

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Workout 22 February 2018

Gym at the Shire. Treadmill. Strength work.
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
F Troop – Archie Roach
All I Left Behind – Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris
Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
Barn Dance – Jack Gladstone
It’s My Way – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Trick Bag – Earl King
Hope You’re Feeling Better – Santana
Change It – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Subcity – Tracy Chapman
Sock in It – Fairport Convention
Cry for Me Baby – Elmore James
Dark Streets of London  – The Pogues
Step by Step – John McCutcheon
Say It – Jennifer Hudson

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Advent 15: Rejoice

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25 March 2012
Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Washington, DC

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Remembering Clancy

Because of Clancy, I had the privilege to sing songs by Johann Sebastian Bach in the Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig where Bach had served as a cantor. This happened in January, 1974, when Leipzig was part of the German Democratic Republic.

Clarence Martin died on April 5. Of course, I have to say that I know of no one who called him Clarence. I knew him as Clancy. Everyone I knew did too.

Clancy taught in the music department at Westminster College for over forty years. He directed the choirs and served as the department chair. He started before I was born and he was there when I arrived and he remained there long after I graduated.

I freely acknowledge that I have limited musical skills. I enjoy singing and can carry a bit of a tune. I can’t hold my own when singing with strong singers. I end up on their parts.

During the time when I was there, Westminster had multiple choirs. I sang with one of the lower level choirs. Clancy was a warm, kind gracious man who always had time for students – no matter what one’s musical ability might be. He and Ray Ocock, the college organist and professor of organ, made a wonderful team. I have fond memories of talking with each of them – not only about music but about all dimensions of life – not only in the music department but anywhere we met on campus.

Clancy and Ray announced a choir tour of Europe for January, 1974. A few spots were available based, not only on musical ability, but on ability to pay. I applied and they chose me. Clancy spent some significant time working with some of the weaker singers. I was among them. We visited several countries, stayed with families, met great people, built and nurtured friendships, consumed massive quantities of alcohol, and sang in some amazing places.

His obituary notes that tours to Europe were among his fondest memories. Those tours, it says included performances in Westminster Abbey in London, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome.

I have many fond memories of my tour with Clancy. I did not sing in St. Peter’s, we did not go to Rome. We may have sung in Westminster Abbey or Notre Dame Cathedral.

What I remember most about the musical part of the tour is spontaneously forming rows and singing Bach in Leipzig. A truly holy moment.

Thanks, Clancy! Thank you God for Clancy.

See you along the Trail.

 

 

 

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Lent 10: spirit

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Washington, DC
25 March 2012

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