Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Favorite Easter Songs

People just don't celebrate Easter big enough these days. The Resurrection of Christ is the central event of the entire Christian faith, and should be celebrated both in our weekly Resurrection Day celebrations as well as our annual feast. Being now in the season of Eastertide, I thought it would be appropriate to share my Top 5 Favorite Easter Songs:

1. That Easter Day with Joy was Bright
Words: Latin Hymn 4th or 5th Century
John Mason Neale, trans.
Music: Erschienen Ist by Nikolaus Herman 1560
(This song, with This music)

2. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
Words: Martin Luther, 1524
Richard Massie, trans.
Music: Christ Lag in Todesbanden, J.S. Bach (Adapted from a tune from the 1100s)

3. Christ The Lord is Risen Today
Words: Charles Wesley, 1739
Music: Easter Hymn, 1708

4. Low in the Grave He Lay
Words and Music: Robert Lowry, 1874

5. He’s Alive!
Words and Music: Don Francisco, 1980
(Seriously though, Dolly Parton's rendition of this song is the best.)


Erica said…
You forgot "Christos Anesti" ;-D
Rick said…
Then what would I have done with Dolly Parton?
Erica said…
Make her sing it! ;-D