Wednesday, April 08, 2020


I've had more time on my hands than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic that made its way here from the other side of the world.  Just before everyone and everything went haywire, I was fired from one job and laid off from the other.

The job I was laid off from was my organist position, due to public Masses being put on hiatus by just about every bishop in the country, including my bishop here in Providence.

Of course, if I can't make music one way, you can bet I'm going to make music another way.

This "other way", of course, is my umpteenth reworking of my ongoing Christus Vincit Gradual project.  I've also redesigned the website here (ok - I cheat: I use Blogger).  I've changed fonts, colors, background, etc.  I've redesigned the Liturgical Index page and new material is getting added on as I go along.  Take a tour now if you wish, but please don't judge at this time.  This is a work in progress.  Once it's finished, then feel free to judge. ;)

I'm going to make a pitch for my favorite music editing software as well.  Anyone looking for really good music writing/editing software, Capella 8 is the way to go (as far as proprietary software goes).  It's less than half the price of many of the big toys, but is a very powerful program.  The company is in Germany, but you can access the site in German, English, and French.  You can also select the software in those three languages.

Capella 8 is the first version of Capella that is compatible with Mac as well as Windows (for all you Mac-heads out there).  Previous versions were for Windows only.
As I write this, I am currently working on the Third Week of Lent (I'm working in liturgical order, and feasts that share the same proper are being updated at the same time).  The most current update of the Liturgical Index is that I'm now using tables.  I finally figured out how to incorporate tables in Blogger.  I always knew how to do them with my outdated WYSIWYG web editor.

I'm now going back to my project.  You are all in my prayers, especially during this pandemic.  Hopefully this crazy thing will blow over soon and we musicians can get back to physical labor - playing our instruments (which includes our voices)!

Happy and Blessed Easter Triduum and Paschaltide!