Tuesday listening break

I hope y’all are having a great week!  Here’s a bit of listening to get you through your day.

Maynard Ferguson & Jon Hendricks
Got the Spirit

I never know that Jon Hendricks and Maynard Ferguson ever did any collaboration, but a good friend of mine posted this the other day and I had to share it with you all!


If you’ve never heard of shouting music, this is a great intro to it.  Check out YouTube for hours of listening pleasure.

Music for a Found Harmonium
Penguin Cafe Orchestra

This is a fun piece that I came across years ago.  It also introduced me to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.



Thursday listening break

As many of you know, this is Holy Week.  I’ve been making preparations all week for the 9 services we’re having from Sunday, March 20th (Palm Sunday) until March 27th (Easter Sunday).  While I make preparations, I’m leaving you with an eclectic set music videos that I hope you’ll find enjoyable.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about Easter Sunday services at my church!  You can click on this link to find out about the rest of our Holy Week and Easter services at Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, Oregon.


Redeemer of Israel
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

All my singer friends will know about this choir’s huge wall of sound!  Their arrangements are always top notch, and when you have them sing at the Tabernacle with a full symphony orchestra and their five manual, 206 rank pipe organ, it’s quite a sound to behold.  This is a triumphant hymn and a simply gorgeous arrangement by director Mack Wilberg.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World
New West Guitar Group

My good friend John Storie and his New West Guitar Group are three incredibly talented musicians who are making some serious sounds.  Check out their cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and see why they’re captivating audiences where ever they go.

The Westerlies

This is a unique brass quartet that is making even more unique music.  To my ears, they create a sound that’s familiar yet fresh and new.  See what you think!

Imani Winds

What can I say about the Imani Winds that hasn’t been said before?  Take a listen to Valerie Coleman’s composition for the group and hear why they are considered the foremost woodwind quintet in the world today!