Old Music Monday: Mary Tudor and Choral Music

I just finished another episode of my Renaissance English History Podcast (the most uncreatively named podcast ever!) (get it on itunes!) on Mary Tudor, and it got me thinking about church music during the five years that Mary reigned.  She wasn’t famous for endowing any colleges, or really supporting scholars, but it could be said…

Random Friday Fun Facts: The Music of the Spheres

“music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” Boethius: De institutione musica Most serious musicians understand that music and math are inextricably linked.  The early mathematician Pythagoras discovered many different ratios within musical harmonies (a perfect fifth, for example) by playing around with glasses of…

Writing about Reading: TotalBoox

In my professional life, one of my roles is as the New Products columnist for Public Libraries magazine, and much of what I wind up writing about are eBook products, since that’s where my big interest lies.  I just found this new product that’s been around for a while for individuals, and just launched into…

The Week in Books: Every Valley

I’m a big fan of the Messiah.  Every year I go to a sing-a-long, and since I’ve been in LA it’s been at the Disney Center.  I used to play my parents’ old record of the complete recording (vinyl, before it became trendy) and would study to it.  I can whistle all four parts of…