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Radio Free London Podcasts

Radio Free London is a late night radio show on CHRW, the campus radio station of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
Monday mornings, 12am til 6am ET.

This week on Radio Free London for April 13th

The Passion of Christ (twice), Easter Sunday Service and rock operas!


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 heard them.

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 Fenwick.

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