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The Music Salon

September 11, 2012

I have added a new blog to my blogroll: The Music Salon is the work of Bryan Townsend, who evidently loves classical music, and who writes clearly and accessibly about it. This is harder to do than you might think, and the number of consistently interesting classical music bloggers is small. Mr. Townsend certainly belongs among them. I discovered him about a month ago, and have since been surprised again and again by the quality and the interest of his posts.

You’ll find all kinds of things discussed on his blog, ranging from focused (but not overly technical) looks at specific compositions (example: Scarlatti’s K213 sonata) to interesting surveys of the repertoire (example: Musical Ciphers) to observations about cultural aspects of music (example: Musicians and the Media) . He has a recurring series called “Masterpieces of Music” that covers specific works and composers (such as Guillaume de Machaut or Chopin), and he even makes occasional forays into the world of popular music (such as this appreciation of Leonard Cohen).

If this sounds good to you, I encourage you to take a look.

The three prayers

March 12, 2012

Good news! Our friend Janet Cupo — known hereabouts as simply “Janet” — has gone and started her own new blog: The Three Prayers. Janet has been reading and commenting here for a long time, and I, for one, am looking forward to returning the favour. I will add her blog to my blogroll just as soon as I get a chance.

Blogroll changes

March 8, 2012

I have made a few additions to my blogroll in recent weeks:

  • Ibo et Non Redibo: This is a new blog by a group of young Canadian Jesuits in formation. Among them is our good friend Adam Hincks, who has been a faithful reader of All Manner of Thing since its first day, and to whom we are happy to repay a debt of thanks. Their blog has been running since the beginning of Lent, and is well worth your time. If you click through, you can find out where the blog’s name comes from too…
  • Bad Catholic: It seems I am a little late to the party, for I only recently discovered Marc Barnes’ delightfully feisty blog. Marc is evidently something of a controversialist, but he writes with good-natured wit and admirable enthusiasm — and anyone who quotes Chesterton in his blog banner is a friend of ours. This may not be the best time to recommend the blog, as it is currently on hiatus while Marc works on something “a million times larger in scope than BadCatholic, incredibly more involved, and 20 times more offensive”. I don’t know what that might be, but presumably Bad Catholic will return, and there is a sizable back catalogue in the meantime.

I’ll also mention that James Kalb, whose writing at Turnabout is always worth attention, has in recent months began contributing a column to Catholic World Report. Kalb has an analytical mind, and his thoughts on modernity and culture are frequently illuminating.

Blog changes

May 5, 2011

I have made several minor changes to this blog recently.

First, I added a few new sites to the blogroll: The Chant Café, which is devoted to Catholic liturgical matters, with a special emphasis on music; There Are Real Things, the new blogging forum for friend-of-this-blog Nick Milne and several of his associates; and Mr. Magundi Speaks his Mind, a blog devoted to the bus-stop musings of a cantankerous and canny old man. (Thanks for the tip, Osbert.)

I have also removed Amy Welborn’s blog Via Media because it seems to be dormant. (Does anyone know whether and where Amy is writing these days?)

Finally, I have added two index pages, one which gathers together links to all of my Book Notes and the other which archives the posts in my occasional Great Moments in Opera series. I shall endeavour to keep both up to date, if only for my own convenience. Links to the indices are located in the left-hand sidebar, down near the ‘Search’ box.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

September 14, 2010

There is a new item on my blogroll this week.  One of my godsons, a lively 3-year old named Munchie (for our purposes here, at any rate), routinely lets drop those pearls of wisdom and striking observations that only children can think of. Out of the Mouths of Babes is a newly founded blog at which some, at least, of these sayings will be preserved in perpetuity.  It promises to be entertaining and instructive, just like children themselves.

I’m not the only one who has noticed.  Filia Artis, over at The Do-tique, is also on board.

The Do-tique

August 15, 2010

There’s a new blog on my Blogroll.  Frequent commenter and friend of this blog “Christina A.” has taken the plunge into the waters of blogdom with The Do-tique, a blog devoted to actually doing things — or, as the case may be, having somebody else do them for you:

The plan for this blog is to feature projects from recipes to home improvements to starting your own business and to discuss how they were done. Every project is a balancing act between personal enjoyment and accomplishment, desired results, budget and the time and effort required to complete the project. Sometimes it’s worth doing it yourself, sometimes it’s not. I’ll be connecting you to tips and information and resources to help you decide whether DIY is for you!

DIY stands for “Do It Yourself”. My DIY skills are basically non-existent, but now that I am a home owner I am discovering that sometimes one has to try.  I think I might be in the target audience for this blog.  In any case, my best wishes to Christina as she launches her ship.

Check it out.

Blogroll changes

June 3, 2009

Over the past few days I have made several changes to my blogroll:

  • I have updated the links to the two primary blogs at First Things.  They made major site changes recently and the previous links stopped working.  Their main blog can now be found at First Thoughts, and their ‘daily article’ at On the Square.  They have also begun hosting several other popular blogs covering their basic beat, including Spengler and Wesley J. Smith’s Secondhand Smoke.  But I don’t link to those from my blogroll.
  • The link to Amy Welborn’s blog, previously Charlotte was Both, now Via Media, has been updated.
  • I removed the link to J.H. Bowden’s Thoughts, Books, and Philosophy because J.H. Bowden removed the blog to which I was linking.  I also removed Geoffrey Chaucer hath a Blog.  Time was when this was one of the funniest blog around, but it has changed management and fallen on hard times.
  • I have added two new links. I’ve been reading Dr. Boli’s Celebrated Magazine for a few months now, and recommend it to everyone.  Posts to Armarium Magnum, a blog which focuses on ancient and medieval history, are not frequent, but they are usually informative and worth reading.