Our friend Melissa’s parents are trying to sell a house, and she shared these two pictures with us, with the following captions:
July 8, 2009
June 12, 2009
New on the pOddcast today, a special hymn written by Orin for the upcoming baptism of the newest Cerneka, Aiden Joseph. You can view the melody and words by clicking on the left there, or even download the whole score here (at least for now).
To listen, find the gcast window in the sidebar on the blog, just down a little ways on the left, or find the pOddcast on iTunes here. It’s a quick GarageBand demo (I know, surprise, surprise) made at Orin’s “home office” or, sometimes, “Oddwalk Headquarters – East Campus.”
The song is based on the familiar Prayer of St. Francis as well as part of the epistle reading for the Sunday of the baptism, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. The melody reflects the Irish of Aiden’s name – it is a melody known as “The Maids of the Mourne Shore” and perhaps better known as “The Salley Gardens.”
And, we couldn’t help but add to this post this darling photo of Madeleine and Aiden, napping together.
March 26, 2009
A friend of Oddwalk’s, Chris W., has a pic up at lolsaints today! Woot!
It also happens to make fun of hummus, which probably annoys Orin’s wife, as it’s one of her favorite foods these days.
March 19, 2009
In honor of these two holy men we celebrate today (Joseph) and two days ago (Patrick), here’s a rebroadcast of Orin singing two Oddwalk songs appropriate to the occasions:
March 15, 2009
February 13, 2009
Today, I (Orin) submitted a few pics to lolsaints.com for their consderation – we’ll see if any actually make it, we’ll be sure to let you know. I think this one is my favorite – a photo of a statue of St. Paul at St. Paul Outside the Walls, taken on our recent trip to Rome.
November 21, 2008
Here is the text of a message sent out by NPM:
On November 22 the Church keeps the memory of the third-century virgin and martyr Cecilia who is honored as the patroness of music. Today’s Memorial of Saint Cecilia reminds us of the marvelous ways in which music—especially the music of the liturgy—reveals the beauty of God and lifts the human spirit to God. In these days of warfare, economic hardship, and concern for the future, music raises our spirits to experience the profound hope to which God summons us.
On his eightieth birthday, following a concert of music by Mozart, Gabrieli, and Dvorak, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the profound impact of music on our lives and on its power to transform the world.
Music, said the Pope, “really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on earth and get them to lift their gaze on high and open themselves to the Absolute Good and Beauty whose ultimate source is God himself.
“In looking back over my life, I thank God for placing music beside me, as it were, as a travelling companion that has offered me comfort and joy. I also thank the people who from the very first years of my childhood brought me close to this source of inspiration and serenity.
“I thank those who combine music and prayer in harmonious praise of God and his works: they help us glorify the Creator and Redeemer of the world, which is the marvelous work of his hands.
“This is my hope: that the greatness and beauty of music will also give you, dear friends, new and continuous inspiration in order to build a world of love, solidarity and peace.”
Blessed be the music makers! Happy Saint Cecilia Day!