Category Archives: Personal

Simon recommends (fall 2015 edition)…

No one gives me any money or other thing of value for these recommendations, and no affiliation in any direction is implied. These are just things that make me happy that, if you’re like me, might make you happy too.

Huge news out of Virginia

“Sweet Briar College will stay open next academic year under a mediation agreement announced today by the state attorney general’s office,” and its “president will resign as will at least 13 members of the college’s current board of directors under the agreement, which will be presented Monday to Bedford County Circuit Judge James Updike for […]

Tuesday A.M.

Musicam novam præsento. This song pushes the analog emulation about as far as I think that I can realistically go. For those who like to know what’s going on behind the curtain, let’s dig in. A few brief words on tracking, which took place over four lunchtimes and evenings last week. Most of the synths […]


  GRAYSON   MMV-MMXV Frater Sophiae; cattus magnus. Amatus est; nunc requiescat in pace. De oculis sumptus, semper in cordibus Amavisse est tristitia dulcissima  

The Eleventh Hour

Musicam novam præsento. This is an original song that was substantially written in about an hour on Armistice Day. It grew out of a search for a sound for another song that’s in the pipeline; that sound ended up being a Farfisa organ and a Solina string machine layered together and slathered in reverb, and these […]

The glorious dead

The Great War began a century ago this year; it finally ground to its ignoble end 96 years ago today, the guns falling silent at the  eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Upon its altar had been sacrificed, we are told, 9,911,000 soldiers; “the generals sat,” as Roger Waters would later […]

The eternity of God

“I am Alpha, I am Omega, the beginning of all things and their end, says the Lord God; he who is, and ever was, and is still to come, the Almighty.” (Rev 1:8.) The young daughter of a friend asks: Who created God? (Ex ore infantium, right?) So what of it, what can be said […]

Still Alive

Musicam novam præsento. Cued by my post here about the resurrection of the ISEE3 probe, I thought I’d take a shot at Still Alive; if there’s any context in which my reedy voice seems appropriate, it’s GLaDOS’ plaintive narration to this, Portal‘s endsong. There are some new friends on this one and a couple of […]

Terminology note: Pope

Via Rorate coeli, Archbishop Jan Graubner reports recent remarks by Francis I, the incumbent of the See of Rome: When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, … [Francis] made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns […]

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month