Friday, June 19, 2009

7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 11

Here we go again!

I am off to Texas tonight, there to help some friends play a concert for our good Bishop Tissier de Mallerais. I can't wait. "The stars at night - are big an' bright - deep in the heart of Texas," as we sing at tournaments; and I can't wait to see them, and my friends, again.

The house continues to progress. The girls painted the basement yesterday and now, instead of the old dirty yellow, it is a fresh cream-white, and looks bright and airy. (It doesn't smell airy, it smells paint-y, but hopefully time will remedy that...)

Next weekend I will be in the Land of Enchantment, where I and the other St. Louis and Texas kids will be singing Vittoria's lovely Missa Quarti Toni and some wonderful motets by Byrd and Palestrina for Sunday, as well as Monday's Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, patrons of the chapel.

Here is the beautiful exterior of the chapel of the two Apostles.

And here is the simple but equally lovely main altar.

I rediscovered my score of Bach's Italian Concerto for unaccompanied keyboard, and had the time of my life sight-reading it, the other day. Another of those insanely awesome pieces I need to memorize and perform sometime.


My little brothers are having a tussle on the sofa next to me. Why do little boys have fun pounding each other? Some guy want to explain it?

I just managed to teach a piano lesson with the kids screaming at the top of their lungs in the library (hockey with plastic lightsabers!) Ah, big families.

The first two pizzas got burnt because I was teaching and the other sisters were talking to my student's dad, who is a lot of fun... and my little brother just came in with a splinter in his foot... and my littler sister just followed him hopping on one foot and clutching the other, to get some attention... heehee...

Ah, big families.


Anonymous said...

How did it go? The bishop ordained some new priests that night, didn't he? What an honor to perform for him!

As for the fighting, guys just love to fight! I've been watching Rurouni Kenshin, as you recommended (good call!)- inside even the most pacific man there lives a Sanosuke that wants to solve every dispute with blows. And a good thing too- that same inclination to violence is what ensures that women will never have to go t war, since there is a warrior waiting in every man!

CP said...

Nice to read all this.

I was in Belfast this weekend. I went to a concert. 'The Priests' are three Irish priests.

They sang many well known hymns such as Panis Angelicus, Ave Maria, and some Italian and Spanish works.

I stayed with a friend near the border between Ireland and the part they call Northern Ireland.

We had pizza before the concert.

Again it is enjoyable to read your 7 Quick Takes Friday.

It's 11.23pm now and I better go rest. I travelled hundreds of miles via the bus since yesterday. I got to spend a few hours in Dublin too.

Agnes Regina said...

The concert went magnificently, Leslie, thank you for asking. Yes, His Excellency ordained thirteen priests Friday morning in Minnesota. He really enjoyed the music, which we were very happy with. Glad you are enjoying Kenshin; you are very right, as always! My own Sanosuke, I confess, is fighting hard to keep control of me, but I try to keep him back.

Robert - lucky you to get to hear "The Priests!" They are indeed marvelous! God bless!

sam said...

Hey there :)

I'm the webmaster of, and am currently compiling an e-book showcase of modern sonnets (details here).

I'm wondering if I could have your permission to include your sonnet "My Precious" (the one you posted recently) in the showcase. If you'd like to showcase other sonnets in addition feel free to send them to me using the form in the above link.

Thanks, and I would appreciate a reply before 2 July. Regards :)

Agnes Regina said...

I would love to have the sonnet included in the e-book, and thank you very much!


sam said...

Hi Agnes!

Thanks for your permission! Would you like me to include any introduction, website link, short biography, etc?