Ave Generosa - Hildegard and Gjeilo

A wonderful setting of Hildegard's chant. The composer is my favorite of the moment, Ola Gjeilo, and the singers are Sjaella. It's rather long at 4 minutes and 36 seconds, but nothing by Hildegard is short. Entrancing listening as I'm having a second cup of coffee from my Hildegard of Bingen mug (jealous, aren't you?).

Learn more about this Leipzig-based ensemble from their website at
Of course, those beautiful voices are matched with good looks and youthful spirit.

For the scoop on Ola, go to

Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time x2

I'm posting two versions of this wonderful Gospel song. The first is perfect for your college or church choir, nice and smooth with some hand clapping at the end.The second is the rough-edged version recorded in Alabama with Bernice Williams leading the singing and lots of heart. She was the daughter of Dewey Williams, leader of the Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers and a Heritage award winner.

VOCES8 Sings Byrd and Stephen Paulus

It's my opinion that you just can't go wrong with this ensemble. And for all you lovers of William Byrd's music, this is quite tasty. Since a two-for-one seems appropriate on the first day of summer, here's is a second video by VOCES8 of the well-known song by Stephen Paulus, "The Road Home." While this piece is very popular with collegiate choirs, its sentiment is perhaps more apt for those who have traveled further on life's path. Enjoy one or both! And welcome to summer.

Ubi caritas by Ola Gjeilo

A composer from Norway, a women's ensemble in the Netherlands - and with this piece a felicitous combination.  Based on one of the best chants out there.

You can learn more about Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-low) from his website. The ensemble Vocaal Kerkrade also has a website in Dutch.

And sometimes just listening is enough!

Cleansing Fountain from Mount Pisgah

Why do I love this particular song? It's the energy that suffuses the singing and the wonderful little riffs that are added in the bass.

The Angel Cried to the Lady

One of the delights of the Pascal season in the Orthodox Church. So bright, so happy! And we're running out of Eastertide. Before you know it, it will be Pentecost.

Zbigniew Preisner - Requiem for my Friend