Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Valentine

Dear Homework,
I know our relationship has been rocky recently. I've been pretty aloof and absent, and you've been, well, abusive, knocking me around pretty good. But I think it's time we made up. Will you be my valentine? I'll spend my Feb. 14th evening with you, and you only.

Thanks. I think we have a bright future together.

Love,
Austin

[with apologies to Brook, who has perfected the blog-letter format]

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Heart Sacred Harp

I just got back from Sacred Harp singing, which a group does every second Tuesday in Provo. It is simply amazing. I hesitated to include any audio clips because they simply cannot do it justice; it's an experience. You sit in a big square and everybody sings awesome, old-timey gospel songs at the top of their lungs (no worries whether or not you have any skill, you're just supposed to shout). It's a blast. I wonder if it's just that I haven't heard these songs a million times, but I like 'em more than a lot of the LDS hymns. There's more character and excitement in them. If you're in Provo on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, I highly recommend you come by the Episcopal church on the NE corner of 200 N and 100 W at 7 pm. You won't regret it.

This first song was featured in Cold Mountain, as seen here:

That movie has an awesome soundtrack, by the by. And if you want to hear the whole song without the dialogue and idiot man syndrome, though at maybe a little worse quality, you can listen here:

im going home - sacred harp singers at liberty church

And finally, this is one of my favorite hymns in the Sacred Heart songbook. Though they're all my favorite, really.