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Here are two other compositions by Bach that I love:

“Sheep May Safely Graze”:



“Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor”:



“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” Redux

Many thanks to Kurt Nemes and his blog, “Classical Music Almanac” for these variations on Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Awesome! You can get to it here.


Bach, Naturally with Photos of Maine and Vermont

I just thought this was pretty in all ways.


Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is another Bach favorite. I’ve heard it many times in my life, but never could keep the title in my head until recently. Inspired by a Jacquie Lawson Easter e-card where it was the musical accompaniment, I like it even better now. It always makes me think of new days to start over in, hope rising,  peacefulness, and early mornings.

Here’s the orchestral version:

And the piano version:

And one with vocals:

“Sleepers Wake”

Over the past months, I have been listening to a lot of Bach now and again because I have been enjoying the journey of reading John Eliot Gardiner’s totally awesome biography, Music in the Castle of Heaven. This is the very familiar Sleepers Wake, one of my favorites. naturally, I heard this one morning as I was waking up, still yawning and stretching, but ready to face the day.



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Something for National Coffee Day

In passing, I found out that today is National Coffee Day, so I wanted to commemorate it quickly. I drink it every day, and have drunk far too much of it lately. Water’s the best.

Anyway, it made me think of Bach’s Coffee Cantata, which I haven’t listened to in years. I looked up a translation, and discovered there are many–some more serious than others.

Here are performances in English and German: