Archive for December, 2009

International Beatles Freak Day!

December 28, 2009

The team at International Beatles Freak Day (I-BFD) is excited to announce that they have chosen The Smithereens as their Artist of the Month because of their outstanding enthusiasm and passion in keeping alive the music of the Beatles.



Love is Gonna Win!

December 16, 2009

Great tool:

input these coordinates

332535N 1115558W


Click on GeoNames “Satellite” and then zoom in, just to the north on the river between Mill and Rural

The Fruit of Thy Womb

December 12, 2009

Luke 1:42

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.


There is no rose of such vertu [virtue]
As is the rose that bare Jesu.
Alleluia, alleluia.

For in this rose conteinèd [contained] was
Heaven and earth in litel space,
Res miranda, res miranda [marvellous things].

By that rose we may well see
There be one God in persons three,
Pares forma, pares forma [equal form],

The angels sungen the shepherds to:
Gloria in excelsis,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gaudeamus, gaudeamus [Let us rejoice].

Leave we all this werldly [worldly] mirth,
And follow we this joyful birth.
Transeamus, transeamus, transeamus [Let us pass over].

Alleluia, res miranda, pares forma, gaudeamus,
Transeamus, transeamus, transeamus.

The Holy Name of Mary


Just as the salvation of the world began with the Hail Mary, so the salvation of each individual is bound up with it. This prayer brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life, and if well said, will cause the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus, the Fruit of Life … The Hail Mary is a heavenly dew which waters the earth of our soul and makes it bear its fruit in due season. The soul which is not watered by this heavenly dew beats no fruit but only thorns and briars, and merits only God’s condemnation.

We know from experience that those who show positive signs of being among the elect, appreciate and love the Hail Mary and are always glad to say it. The closer they are to God, the more they love this prayer … I do not know how this should be, but it is perfectly true; and I know no surer way of discover­ing whether a person belongs to God than by finding out if he loves saying the Hail Mary and the rosary …


It is the perfect compliment the most High God paid to Mary through his archangel in order to win her heart. So powerful was the effect of this greeting upon her, on account of its hidden delights, that despite her great humility, she gave her consent to the incarnation of the Word. If you say the Hail Mary properly, this compliment will infallibly earn you Mary’s good will.


 St. Louis de Montfort

The very wonderful Sinfonye performing the medieval hymn to Mary ‘Ther is no rose of swych vertu’, from their 1993 recording ‘Gabriel’s Greeting.’

And His Name Shall Be Called

December 9, 2009


9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Dmitri Shostakovich

December 6, 2009

* Nacido el 25 de octubre de 1906 en San Petersburgo
* Fallecido el 9 de agosto de 1975 en Moscú

The Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93) by Dmitri Shostakovich was premiered by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky on 17 December 1953, following the death of Stalin in March that year. It is not clear when it was written: according to the composer’s letters composition was between July and October 1953, but Tatiana Nikolayeva stated that it was completed in 1951. Sketches for some of the material date from 1946.

After the emotional sprawl of the first movement, the mere five minutes of the second come as

almost a relief – but, if anything, we are in even darker territory, In his controversial

autobiography Testimony, Shostakovich explicitly states that the movement is

a musical portrait of Stalin, roughly speaking”.

1. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Moderato
2. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Allegro
3. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Allegretto
4. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Andante – Allegro

Moscow  State  Symphony  Orchestra 

Inti Illimani Interpreta a Victor Jara

December 3, 2009