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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Inspiring Quote for November 9th, 2014: Faith

   Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.

― Pope John Paul II 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspiring Quote for September 29th, 2014: Love

   It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

― Mother Teresa

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Inspiring Quote for September 25th, 2014: Persistence

   Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.

― Charles F. Kettering 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Inspiring Quote for September 23rd, 2014: Aging

   It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

― Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Inspiring Quote for September 22nd, 2014: Lessons

   “Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?

― Walt Whitman

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear coffee...

My dearest Java,

How do I love thee?  Thou art black and beautiful, so I love thee with Biblical words.  Thou are good with half-and-half, cream, milk, sugar, honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, agave nectar, or coconut cream, so thou art good mixed.  More than all of these, I love thee straight, as long as the barista is good, the roaster is good, and the beans are good.  If not, thou needest a little decking out with the aforementioned accessories.

However, my dearest one, here is where I must introduce a strain into our relationship.  This past week, as we gained more and more exclusivity, I realized that I need to introduce a third person into our relationship.  Now, I love monogamy; I think you know this.  But, in the interest of not crashing or dying, I think our relationship has to be polygamous.  I need to spend more time with my old flame.  She's also dark and luxurious; her name is Sleep.  When I fold into her arms, nothing else matters.  She's fantastic in her time, as you are fantastic in yours.

I have found that on occasion I can substitute you for her.  This often comes at a price that I am willing to pay.  However, it is not often the case that I can substitute her for you.  This means that I do value you as an individual, and that I am not giving you up.  Your soda cousins aren't quite as effective as you are, so you will always be my first love.  Your energy-drink cousins are just crazy; I prefer to spend my time with you rather than them; there's no telling what they will ask me to do.  I will also admit to spending time with your far-distant cousins which promise zen and harmony, but they did nothing for me.  I also love your sister, tea, but she requires a much more tender preparation, so we don't hang out much.

Anyway, I just thought that I needed to define how we stand after this past week of frequent use.

Love always,

Inspiring Quote for August 30th, 2014: Tact

   Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

― Winston Churchill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 22nd, 2014

   Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.

― St. Francis of Assisi 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 20th, 2014: Future

   Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.

― Jim Rohn 

Inspiring Quote for July 19th, 2014: Happiness

   Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

― Joel Osteen 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 12th, 2014: Tears

   There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

― Washington Irving

Friday, July 11, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 11th, 2014: Willpower

   Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.

― Dan Millman

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 9th, 2014: Greatness

   Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

― Mark Twain

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 3rd, 2014: Family

  The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.

― Pope John Paul II 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First recording posted

I sang this for the first Mass of Fr. Daniel Heenan on Sunday, June 25.  I enjoyed it immensely, especially because it is so simple, so I recorded all three parts in Audacity, and posted it on Soundcloud.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Comments and critiques are certainly welcome.  I am always looking for ways to improve.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Inspiring Quote for June 20th, 2014: Adversity

   All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

― Walt Disney

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Inspiring Quote for June 15th, 2014: Fathers

   Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.

― Charles F. Kettering

Monday, May 12, 2014

Inspiring Quote for May 12th, 2014: Attitude

   Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

― Khalil Gibran

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Inspiring Quote for May 11th, 2014

   If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.

― Robert Brault

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Inspiring Quote for May 8th, 2014: Humility

 It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

― Saint Augustine

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 27th, 2014: Fatherhood

   Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one's children.

― William Bennett

Friday, April 25, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 25th, 2014

Leave No Man Behind...
   Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.

― Heraclitus

Monday, April 21, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 21st, 2014

   I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.

― Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 20th, 2014

   Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

― Epicurus

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 14th, 2014

   It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.

― Theodore Roosevelt

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

I found this list to be quite fascinating... http://healthybodynow.net/stop-hurting-yourself/

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

Today's a very busy day. I get the privilege of chanting the Passion twice. I'm on route to the first one now. The first one is out in DC; the second one is in Charles Town, WV. Following the second chanting, I'll be attending the rest of Mass. Immediately after that, I go back out to DC for choir rehearsal. I will be home sometime between 6–8 p.m. today

Don't worry, I have my coffee with me. :-)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 12th, 2014

   To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 9th, 2014

   There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

― Epictetus

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A quick thought for Great Lent

Behold the bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom he shall find watching; and again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless.

Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given over to death, and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom.

But rouse yourself, crying: "Holy! Holy! Holy! art Thou, O our God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us!"

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Inspiring Quote for March 9th, 2014

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Monday, March 03, 2014

Inspiring Quote for March 3rd, 2014

    Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

― Hannah More

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Inspiring Quote for March 1st, 2014

    Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

― Mother Teresa

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Follow up to Spem in Alium

There are a couple videos from the performances of Spem in Alium from yesterday.  One of them is posted on Fr. Z's blog:


This is a short video which includes snippets from all three performances.

Here is a video of the third and final performance of the day.

The choir who put this on is Chorus Sine Nomine (http://www.facebook.com/thechorussinenomine), but the people who showed up to sing this massive work represented groups such as Collegium Cantorum, the Suspicious Cheese Lords, Illuminare, Chantry, and others, and various parish choir and cathedral choir directors and members.

It was a phenomenal experience, and I hope to sing it again!  There are 7 more baritone lines to learn, as well as 8 bass lines, and 8 tenor lines.  I might have to learn them just for the heck of it.  :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Life goal accomplished today

Today was a memorable day, and it will go down in history as one of my favorites.  I accomplished a life goal today.  Under the direction of David L. from St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, I and nearly 100 people sang the motet Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis.  The motet is a masterwork, which displays the genius of the man, and provides no small challenge to even professional musicians to pull off well.  It is written for 40 individual voices, divided into 8 choirs of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass.  My line was choir 5, baritone: out of 40 voices, I was voice 24.

All I can say is wow!  It was an absolute blast!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 18th, 2014

    Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.

― Les Brown

Thursday, February 13, 2014

MP3 collection fail

I just made the worst discovery I had never hoped to make. I have lost my entire collection of King's Singers MP3's that I had ripped from my albums. Drat...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I have a lot of reading to do...

The top three books are for my next certification, and the bottom two are "just because" books.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 6th, 2014

    Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.

― John Wayne

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 4th, 2014

    Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.

― Ronald Reagan

Friday, January 31, 2014

Network+ certification acquired

Thank the Lord!  I passed!  Thank you for the prayers, everyone!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Network+ certification test

In less than 24 hours, I will either be CompTIA Network+ certified or I will not. I ask for your prayers, as tests always make me nervous.

I take the test tomorrow at 9am in Winchester.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Inspiring Quote for January 24th, 2014

    Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.

― Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Inspiring Quote for January 21st, 2014

    Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.

― Catherine M. Wallace

Friday, January 17, 2014

It's asthma season, I guess

Breathing is difficult today.  Not sure why, but I needed my inhaler (which I normally use once a month or so) this morning, and I feel like I may need it again.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Inspiring Quote for January 15th, 2014

    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

― Aristotle

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I'm just a big softie...

So, I have read the Chronicles of Narnia once, listened to the audiobooks twice, and am on the home stretch of the Focus on the Family's Radio Dramas The Chronicles of Narnia.  I thoroughly enjoyed the books and the radio theater production is astounding.  I get sucked into the story every time, even though I know what will happen in the end.  The bad guys are always bad and I dislike them.  The good guys are always good and I cheer them on (except when they are being naughty).

I will certainly be reading them again in the future, but I do have to say that I'm really enjoying the concept of the radio theater.  I need to get more of these!

Friday, January 10, 2014

On the road to Greensboro

Today I go down to Greensboro, NC with the Cheese Lords. We have a concert Saturday night and Mass to sing at on Sunday morning.

The concert on Saturday night is at 7:30 PM, and is at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 2205 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27403.  The Mass on Sunday is at 1 PM in the same church.

If you have friends in that area who are interested in choral music, or who need to be introduced to this kind of music, or who like groups with totally awesome names, let them know we will be there!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Grammatical thing...

"A former aerospace executive who slapped a crying toddler on an airplane and used a racial slur against the child, who is black, received an eight-month prison sentence on Monday for an incident his attorney blamed on his alcoholism."

Who is black?

In real life, the child is black.  Grammatically, isn't the former executive black?

Source: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/06/22203402-man-gets-eight-months-in-prison-for-slapping-toddler-on-plane?lite

Inspiring Quote for January 6th, 2014

    One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.

― Henry Ford

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Suspicious Cheese Lords in concert this evening

1601 Pleasant Plains Rd, Annapolis, MD
This is the address.

St. Margaret's Episcopal Vhurch
This is the name of the church.

Tonight, 7:30 PM
This is the time.

If you're at this place at this time, then you will hear the Suspicious Cheese Lords sing a Christmas concert; our featured work is O Admirabile Commercium by two separate composers. You'll also hear other Christmas works by various composers, many of which are little known in the choral world.

See you this evening!

Thursday, January 02, 2014


Patsy couldn't quite figure out if she wanted to go up or down...

So she went straight out.