Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Hyper-Rationalism...

"Again, this “theology of expiration” conflicts with the historical record, if not logic itself. The Church still casts out demons. She still performs miracles. She still prophesies. Does she not still speak in tongues? The answer is yes." --Mark Mallett, More on the Gift of Tongues

"...the hyper-rationalism of our day that excludes the miraculous is one among many of the powerful genuine deceptions in our times that is eroding belief in God…"

And from his previous post, The Gift of Tongues:

" our times, theologians have strained to give an interpretation to the gift of tongues that is a departure not only from reality, but from the Tradition of the Church." --Mark Mallett, The Gift of Tongues

"Would I be God if in giving I became poorer? And because I have been generous to one of Mine, does that mean that I shall not give him any more? Should he remain shy and aloof? Let him only venture to think that what he has received up until now is nothing at all for Me, and that I find My happiness in showering blessings upon him 'according to My means', as people say. Let him strive to meditate on the length and breadth and height of these means which cannot be compared with anything on earth. And if that child suspects that besides the power, I also have the longing to give - for what lover is not happy to adorn his beloved - he will lose his fear of imposing upon God's kindness or of being too daring with Him. Fully aware of his littleness he will understand His joy in being great for him.

"How often I have had abundant treasures in My tabernacle all ready to give, but no one came to ask Me for them. Yet a good many people came into the church for a short visit - absentminded and aloof, as though My body were dead in the Eucharist and My soul still in heaven.

"Make an effort to think of My Real Presence; it will help you to love Me. Does the life of stillness within you need your senses? Aren't you beginning to be more sure of the invisible than the visible? Aren't there moments when the certainty of faith suddenly breaks in upon you? It is at those moments that We descend into you, because you respond to Our purpose in creating you." --He and I

Friday, April 29, 2016

Such a great film

The Shire Theme

written by Antonin Dvorak:

You can hear other scores from various modern day films in this 1893 symphony as well.

If you wish to listen to another symphony an orchestral suite loaded with film scores long before the films were made, whether those film scores made direct use or, as with the above, slightly repurposed, then Gustav Holst's The Planets is a gold mine.

Another one is Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1.

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Synthi 100 Space Ambience

Switched on - by Russian geniuses. Oh, so sweet. So enjoyable. Such character.

Because they're interpretations of classic (and modern) works it gives the synth music some mysterious rootedness, even though it's doing stuff quite different with the original, or even if you're not familiar with the original works.

The Metamorphoses album (1980) tracks (from Orpheus Music):

01 - Edward Artemiev & Yuriy Bogdanov: Claude Debussy's 'Le vent dans la plaine'
02 - Vladymir Martynov & Yuriy Bogdanov: Claudio Monteverdi's 'Io mi son giovinetta'
03 - Vladymir Martynov & Yuriy Bogdanov: John Bull's 'Why aske you'
04 - Vladymir Martynov & Yuriy Bogdanov: Vladymir Martynov's 'Spring Etude'
05 - Edward Artemiev & Yuriy Bogdanov: Sergey Prokofiev's 'Sarcasms'
06 - Vladymir Martynov & Yuriy Bogdanov: Claude Debussy's 'Canope'
07 - Vladymir Martynov & Yuriy Bogdanov: Anonymous' 'Summer Cannon'
08 - Vladymir Martynov & Yuriy Bogdanov: Vladymir Martynov's 'Morning in the Mountains'
09 - Vladymir Martynov & Yuriy Bogdanov: Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Goldberg Variations Nos. 5 and 8'
10 - Edward Artemiev & Yuriy Bogdanov: Claude Debussy's 'Voiles'
11 - Edward Artemiev & Yuriy Bogdanov: Motion 

More Debussy than anyone else - heh.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

"If you marry the mood or the spirit of an age, you will be a widow in the next one." --Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Saturday, April 2, 2016