It's been a month so far that I've been recording services at St. James Westminster
Anglican Church. We've figured out ways to do this safely and it's
getting a good response from the congregation and others that have
This week I'll start the show with The
Passion of Christ, the events leading up to and including the
crucifixion of Jesus. I recorded this last week so folks could hear it
on Good Friday where it belongs.
After that, I'll present the Easter Sunday
service with readings from the Stages of the Resurrection and some
simply stunning church organ work by Stephen Holowitz (a good sound
system is strongly recommended).
Once again, whether you're religious or
not, these services are worth a listen, not just for the awesome spine
tingling music but for the readings and reflections as well. You can't
get closer to community than a Church service will bring you and
community is the most important thing in our lives right now.
For the rest
of the show, I'll feature four rock operas from around fifty years ago.
The obvious one is the 1970 Andrew Lloyd
Webber and Tim Rice's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' which follows Jesus from
Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion. It actually inspired me (as a young
Catholic) to read both testaments of the Bible.
After that I have an abridged version of
the first American rock opera called 'The Survival of St. Joan' by a
band called Smoke Rise. As you might have guessed, it's the story of
Joan of Arc put to music.
Then it the rock opera Tommy by The Who
from 1969 and finishing off the show, I'll play a concept album (almost
a rock opera) called 'Keep America Beautiful, Get a Haircut' by Ray