Caring for our cats
Some books that have been especially influential for me over the years.
The Bible (the expected example, but true)
William Hordern, Layman’s Guide to Protestant Theology
Huston Smith, The World’s Religions
Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology
Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology
William Maxwell, Ancestors: A Family History
Dan Guillory, Living with Lincoln
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Alfred Kazin, A Walker in the City
T. S. Eliot, The Collected Poems of T. S. Eliot, 1909-1962
Yi-Fu Tuan, Topophilia
Arthur Schlesinger Jr, The Age of Jackson
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
Curtis Hidden Page (ed.), The Chief American Poets (1905)
R. Carlyle Buley, The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period
Louis Berkhof, A Summary of Christian Doctrine
Some favorite classical music
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony, London Symphony, Symphony #5, Serenade in A Minor: Romance, A Lark Ascending, Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus, Fantasia on Greensleeves, Concerto Grosso, Oboe Concerto, The First Nowell, Sir John in Love, Pilgrim’s Progress, Hodie, In the Fen Country, In Windsor Forest, Norfolk Rhapsody #1, Sancta Civitas, Dona Nobis Pacem, A Song of Thanksgiving, Three Choral Hymns, Magnificat, The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains, The Hundredth Psalm, etc. etc.
Durufle: Quatres Motets, Requiem
Ginastera: Piano Concerto #1
Moeran: Lonely Waters
George Winston: Autumn
Hovhaness: Symphony #2, Psalm and Fugue for String Orchestra, Magnificat
Arnold Rosner: Responses, Hosanna, and Fugue
Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1-5
Schumann: Symphonies 1-4
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Brandenburg Concertos
D’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Diptyque méditerranéen
Copland: Rodeo, Appalachian Spring
Beethoven: Symphony #9, Diabelli Variations
Edwards: Maninyas, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Joseph Haydn: Many of his 107 symphonies, e.g. 6, 7, 8, 22, 44, others.
Michael Haydn: Many of his 41 symphonies
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement
Respighi: Trittico botticelliano
Niels Gade: several of his 8 symphonies.
Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, Les Chansons des Roses
Mason Bates: Desert Transport
Ned Rorem: Seven Motets for the Church Year, and others.
Handel: Water Music, Royal Fireworks,
“Organ Concertos of the Classical Era"
"Brass 3 Centuries of Golden Sounds"
Part: Te Deum, Berliner Messe
Monteverdi: Laudate pueri I à 5
Schubert: Symphony #5
Trumpet concertos of J. Haydn, M. Haydn, Hummel, L. Mozart
Mozart: Too many to list, but especially the wind, horn, and piano concertos
Howard Blake: Violin Concerto “The Leeds”
Barbara Harbach: Several of her orchestral and chamber works
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Finzi: Requiem Da Camera
Holst: 2 Psalms, 86 and 148, St. Paul’s Suite
Wagner: his operas and “music dramas”
Also: classic jazz, 80s new wave, 70s prog