So! It’s almost Christmas, the calendar year is drawing to a close, and musicians everywhere are deep into the work of the season! First, as this year ends, a huge thanks to those who have followed this blog and podcast through our first six months. Despite a bit of a lull as the holiday season hit (it’s just me over here, and sometimes things get overwhelming!) we are just getting started—as I write this, I’m looking at the calendar for the year to come, and we have interviews and conversation on some very cool topics—we’ll be taking with Scott Riedel about worship space acoustics and sound, Lori True about weaving messages of justice into our music, Phil Koncyk and Bob Batastini about forging a healthy multicultural and multilingual worshiping community, Kate Williams on the new resource she has put together for families grieving miscarriages and infertility, Bridget Jankowski about body mapping and the healthy use of our body, and several more—and of course, lots of great music. So please stay with us—2019 will be a great year!

We will actually have two Christmas music podcasts–this one releasing today, and then a special “Christmas with the Cathedral Singers” episode that will release on Christmas morning itself; it’s perfect for listening to on the way home from your Christmas Day liturgies before your annual Christmas Day nap (if that’s how you roll), or any time during the festive season when the rest of the world has taken their Christmas trees out to the curb, but we liturgical types are still partying hard until the Epiphany!

Enjoy–and peace be with you! Blessings for 2019!


Music Heard on Today’s Podcast:

Theme Music: The Holly and the Ivy (arr. Cotter)

As recorded on Winter Grace (CD-206)


The Wexford Carol, G-5208 (arr. Callanan)

As recorded on Star Child (CD-471)


Go Where I Send Thee, G-5557 (Spiritual, arr. Uzee Brown, Jr.)

As recorded on Guide My Feet (CD-600), James Abbington, conductor


Dream a Dream, G-6653 (True)

As recorded on There is Room For Us All (CD-639)


Gaudete! G-9499 (de Silva)

As recorded on Love, Burn Bright (CD-1014)


En un Pesebre (Peña)

As recorded on Diciembre en México, CD-322


Like a Whisper in the Heart, G-5231 (Moore)

As recorded on Like a Whisper in the Heart (CD-558)


Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (Spiritual, arr. Joubert)

As recorded on 46 More Hidden Treasures from the African American Heritage Hymnal (CD-711)


Journey On, G-5914 (O’Brien)

As recorded on The Word is Born, CD-532


A Weary Couple, G-9703 (Alonso)

As recorded on Encounter, CD-1037


Alegría, G-7614G (Puerto Rican carol, arr. Alonso)

As recorded on Heaven and Nature Sing (CD-770)


Friends in Christ, Rejoice, G-8757 (Rory Cooney)

As recorded on Like No God We Had Imagined, CD-965


Will you Come and See the Light, G-9273 (Haas)

As recorded on With Gratitude (CD-1006)


Silent Night (German Carol, arr. Petrunak)

As recorded on Infant Holy, CD-466