Monthly Archives: September 2018


Josh Stierley has a birthday today.  I caught up with him last year in Chicago, and also have a photo I found of the two of us while he was in Ball State University Singers. We are both aging well.

Happy birthday, Josh!

Beloved former student Josh Stierley, now working on a doctorate at UIC.


Funeral sentences

Several recent deaths in the families of people I know and love have reminded me that, as always, “in the midst of life, we are in death,” as so eloquently stated centuries ago by a Benedictine monk.

Henry Purcell set these funeral sentences to music in the early 1690s, in tribute to Queen Mary (of William and Mary) fame.  Not many months later, this same music was sung at his own funeral.