Daily Archives: April 8, 2012


So we’re eating Easter dinner.  Eden says “Dr. Carter, can we sing today?  We always sing when we’re here.”

Today I chose the music.

We sang stuff from The Sound of Music, including a raucous “So Long, Farewell.”  (I sang Marta’s part.)  And then we sang a couple of Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes, finishing with “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

Here are shots from the sing-a-long, thanks to Cody and my DSLR:

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday 2012 is a stunning day.  That’s the simple and profound truth.

The cloudless sky is brilliantly blue today.  The scent of hyacinth indoors mixes with the aroma of a cooking beef roast and cheese grits.  Samson is happy.

And the marathon of 15 services and rehearsals in 8 days is at its end.

The voice is weary, and the legs and hips feeling the after-ache of all the kneeling over the past few days in church.

But glorious is this day.

Some shots from 8 a.m.-ish this morning:

On my front porch before heading to church.
The view of the 7.30 mass this morning at the Church of Saint Michael and Saint George.
Gathering before rehearsal in the choir room.

I’m to be joined by six of my students, all out-of-staters, in a few minutes.  We’ll dine on roast beef, homemade egg noodles, cheese grits, green beans, and Stephenson’s marshmallow salad.  Dessert is an Easter lemon poppyseed cake.

I intend to mow the yard later, and drink in some sun on a walk in Forest Park.

Today’s playlist:


  • Jesus lives, thy terror now
  • Jesus Christ is Risen Today
  • Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
  • He is Risen


  • Dum transisset Sabattum, Taverner
  • When Mary Through the Garden Went, Stanford
  • Sing Ye to the Lord, Bairstow

And between the two full liturgies at 9.15 and 11.15, the choir  and guests enjoyed a wonderful carry-in brunch in the choir room.


Now 8.30 p.m.  Students have come and gone.  I’ve walked to the Central West End for dinner with a friend.  The back yard is mowed, and all the plants are watered.

Here’s a photo from this afternoon with my wonderful students: