February 26, 1988 |
When Leon, 9, stands up straight, puffs out his chest and sings "Jesus Loves Me," it's only the first song in his repertoire. Watching him is like watching daffodils dance in the spring wind, and you can tell by the way his body sways that he's having fun. He's in the children's choir at church. The enjoyment he derives from hymn singing is equaled only during the lessons he learns in Bible class. Leon does well in school, too. He is in fourth grade, and reading is his chosen subject.
February 20, 2015 |
Their inspiration was a marathon - a group of college students singing 658 hymns for 30 straight hours. But Forrest Moyer, the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, decided to spread out his version of the long-distance music run. His interpretation calls for local music lovers to gather and together croon more than 600 songs in just 12 sittings this year. The result is a series of monthly two-hour a cappella singfests that are part of the Heritage Center's 40th anniversary celebration, a kind of Year of the Hymn that also salutes the Mennonite songbook.
November 16, 2012 |
Whether as player or composer, there is no end to stately trumpeter Dave Douglas' invention or passion. None of his albums, however, have the studied conviction or emotional weight of 2012's Be Still . He couldn't be any closer to his most recent theme: his mother, Emily Douglas, who was 78 when she surrendered to ovarian cancer. She was a religious woman who loved Protestant hymns as much as she dug her son's music. "I did the math: She probably attended over 200 of my gigs," Douglas says.
March 3, 1994 |
I'm a bit disappointed in God. The reasons: I've prayed to Him for at least 70 years - and God hasn't talked to me even once. It's not that I want to boast, telling people: "You want to know something? God talked to me last night!" I think God knows I'm not a braggart, so if He wishes to talk to me and keep it a secret, I'll gladly go along with it. You see, there are so many things I want to ask God, and I'd like to get some answers. Well, what would I like to ask God?
March 2, 1994 |
Roslyn Cirino always knew she was a belter. That was her style when she was just 16 and started singing at nightclubs in Philadelphia. Her throaty voice was perfect for the Tin Pan Alley kind of songs she sang. Today, at 55, Cirino, a self-described "Bill Bailey" singer, is still performing gigs under the stage name of Lynne Leo. But, about 25 years ago, a new career opened up for her when she discovered a more spiritual facet of her talent. After Mass one morning, a priest at Mother of Divine Providence Church in King of Prussia asked her to consider being the church's soloist.
April 8, 1996 |
A Salvation Army band plays hymns for several dozen listeners representing numerous Bristol Borough churches during a joint sunrise service celebrating Easter at Bristol Lions Park.
April 8, 1990 |
Passover, which celebrates the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery, has relevance for all people who are struggling to be free - even of illness. On Wednesday, Passover was marked at Doylestown Hospital with a traditional seder meal for patients and staff. Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell of Doylestown's Temple Judea led the group in traditional readings and hymns. Passover begins tomorrow at sundown.
May 30, 1993 |
A voice in the tenor section was flat, and choir director Lenora Young, blessed with ears as sharp as her silver fingernails, knew where and almost who. "Last row of tenors stand up," she commanded in an alto that did not need the microphone perched at her lips. "Sing 'the fall.' Come on," she told the three people who stood up after an exchange of "Who? Me?" glances. Clearly, it was the lady in the blue fishing hat who was missing the mark. Young repeatedly sang and played the two notes that went with the two words until all the tenors got it. "All right, everybody," Young said.
May 2, 1986 |
With Independence Hall as their backdrop, about 150 members of the local Ukrainian community held a candlelight ceremony last night to protest the Soviet Union's handling of the nuclear reactor disaster in the Ukraine. A priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church led the assembly in a Ukrainian prayer service for the many people they fear died or were injured in the accident last week at Chernobyl. Three generations of the local Ukrainian-American community, which numbers some 70,000, participated in the service, from toddlers to aging immigrants who fled the Ukraine following World War II. For the older members of the group, last week's disaster and the Soviet government's silence brought back bitter memories of the mass starvation which struck the Ukraine in the mid-1930s, a disaster also shrouded in official governmental secrecy.
November 9, 1986 |
The local quintet Ruin has just released an album, Fiat Lux (Meta-Meta Records ) that fulfills the group's promise as a creator of alluring rock music. The thick layers of guitar combine with the moan of lead singer Vosco to summon up a dark moodiness, and the band alternates smooth, sluggish tempos with excellent faster, rawer songs such as "Real Good Time. " And while it's all too obvious that these fellows could use more of a sense of humor, they achieve something close to it in their versions of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat.