Making Cake Balls (nomnomnom)

A diversion from intellectual and deep thinking today, to engage in…. making Cake Balls!  I found this recipe from The Pioneer Woman, and they looked crazy easy to make.  I mean, are you kidding?  Cake balls?  The things they charge $2 for at Starbucks?  I’m totally in.  Part of me expected a result worthy of…

Old Music Tuesday: Alamire

I spent the weekend working with the Golden Bridge Choir in Los Angeles; a new choir formed by Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell, and a choral goddess in the UK) to explore the musical links between the Golden Age of the Tudor/Elizabethan composers and the current choral Renaissance that Southern California is experiencing.  The choir performance…

Old Music Monday: New York Polyphony

One of the many things I lurve about autumn is that all my favorite choral groups start releasing Christmas albums.  I can’t get enough Christmas music.  Though with the caveat that I don’t mean “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” kinds of Christmas music, but rather the good O Come O Come Emmanuel, and Lo, How a Rose…

A brief history of Museums

I’ve been reading The Accidental Masterpiece, on the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman.  Above all else, it seems to be a meditation on how art, or appreciating art, helps us to appreciate our everyday lives; and how our every day lives (and deaths) can be art as well. So I just…

Petrarch the Mountain Climber

The Italian poet Petrarch, who is often credited as the father of Humanism (and as such, the Renaissance), was, when he wasn’t inventing sonnets and writing poetry about his unrequited love for Laura, also was an extensive traveler.  In fact, in addition to being the father  of the Renaissance, he is often called the first tourist,…

Anglican Choral Evensong

Something that definitely needs to be included in any Museum of Things Heather Loves is choral music; specifically early choral music (ie before Bach) and even more specifically (because let’s drill down further, shall we?) early Anglican choral music. One of the reasons I consider myself Episcopalian (the American version of Church of England-you couldn’t…