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Mar 10, 2014 - Kind of Random, Music    No Comments

Lent 2014 (Day 6): Music for a manic Monday

Dear Pope Francis,

Today was kind of a rough day. One of those days when everything just seems to be conspiring against my contentment.

But, we are not promised easy days or a life without a few bumps. It’s how we handle it that matters.

On days like this I find music really helpful. Different days require different music.

Today, it was this song from Peter Mayer that restored my equilibrium.

Here it is as a link

if the video doesn’t play for you.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep and a better Tuesday!

Your friend,

Kevin

Jul 6, 2013 - Music, Resources, Vatican    No Comments

Day 18: An encyclical, canonizations and embezzling, oh my…

Dear Pope Francis,

I had another day off today. You, on the other hand, had quite the busy Friday.

First, you approved the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. I think the former is deserving. We may have to agree to disagree on the latter.

Then you and your predecessor released your first encyclical. Congratulations. I know from personal experience how great publishing something can be. I must confess I haven’t read it yet, but will download it to my Kindle as soon as I can.

And, of course those stories about corruption at the Vatican Bank continue. I’m really sorry about those. You inherited quite the mess it seems. I wouldn’t try to fix it all in one day. It took centuries — millennia, in fact — for things to get where they are. They are not going to resolve themselves overnight. But I applaud you for your efforts and am definitely in your corner.

Well, I hope you’re getting a good night’s sleep in your room in the the Domus.

Here’s a lovely Peter Mayer song to ease you into sleep. I’ve had this one on repeat lately.

Your friend,

Kevin

Jun 30, 2013 - Music, New Cosmology, Resources    No Comments

Day 12: Praises for the World

Dear Pope Francis,

Summer has finally come in my part of the world. We’re having a very warm Saturday — with the promise of more warmth to come. The various weather authorities are even predicting a heat wave.

It’s been an interesting transition, given that we’ve been rain, cold and gloomy for the past couple of weeks and it has not been very summer-like around here. It’s a rather quick transition. This, coupled with other weird weather news we’ve had of late, makes you wonder if things are actually shifting in terms of our weather patterns. I kind of think they are.

Which, to my mind, makes an engagement in the world around us all that much more important. If things are going to get unpredictable in terms of weather, the only way we’ll cope is by becoming meteorological experts ourselves. We need to re-learn the signs all around us, as they’re new signs.

One of my favorite singers is Jennifer Berezan. This is one of her most well-known works, “Praises for the World.” The YouTube clip doesn’t do the beauty of the song justice, so I’d suggest you go to her website and buy a copy of the CD. It’s money well spent.

I’m always taken by the lyrics “The holiest words I’ve ever read or thought or sung or prayed, were praises for the world.”

Yours friend,

Kevin

Jun 26, 2013 - Music, Resources    No Comments

Day 8: What to do when you hit overwhelm

Dear Pope Francis,

It’s been a really busy couple of days. I’ve had a lot going on. Too much, perhaps. On days like this I sometimes hit a point of overwhelm, where I just can’t handle one more bit of new information or talk to one more person.

If I’ve been paying attention to myself and the warning signs, maybe I’ve headed things off at the pass. But sometimes a little overwhelm happens. And then it’s only a matter of stopping, refocusing and getting myself back on track.

For me, this means tuning out the world for a bit and focusing my mind. I guess you could call it meditation, but I’m not always so formal. Posture? Ummm. Well, sometimes I use a chair. But, don’t tell anyone, sometimes I lie down. Shhhh…

More often than not, I put some music on. One of my favorites is Hymn of the Universe.

Hope you enjoy.

Your friend,

Kevin

Jun 24, 2013 - Music, Resources    No Comments

Day 7: Some music for your Monday, Pope Francis

Dear Pope Francis,

It’s Monday, so I won’t barrage you with anything too heavy today. If you’re like me, you need to ease yourself into the week and Monday’s are not for anything too complicated.

I saw this story about your snub of that gala concert. Have to say, it made me chuckle. You are sure confusing the Curia. Keep it up.

Since you missed that music on Saturday, thought that I would provide you with something to watch and listen to today. It’s by Symphony of Science and is called “We are all connected.”

Hope you enjoy.

Your friend,

Kevin