Oh, poor blog, you have been badly neglected of late. The ease of posting on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr has led the editor of “The View” down the garden path to the land of time frittered and blog neglected.
In all seriousness, a blog can be a difficult thing to keep going. I have been posting off and on here for over ten years now. At times I had a message I seriously wanted to get out, while at other times I simply wanted to share something beautiful, humorous, or interesting I saw through my camera. Some days I turned evangelist for cycling. But there is a problem with a long-running blog. What one can honestly write about is quite limited. I should rephrase that – what I can write about is quite restricted, for reasons of social position, employment status, etc.
I could change the purpose of “The View,” I suppose. A political blog? There is certainly enough going on in the world about which I have an opinion. But that’s just it – who wants to read another opinion? Everyone and their dog spouts off on Facebook in an ever-narrowing echo chamber of similar opinion. I suppose “The View” will continue as is; an unpredictable mix of posts on music, cycling, Japan, photography, etc. Perhaps I’ll even give a subtle hint of a real opinion on political matters now and then.
Regular readers are probably wondering “what got into him today?” Maybe its the weather? After sweltering for weeks we are finally enjoying a dark, somewhat cool, rainy day in Tokyo. That change in the view from my window seems to have changed “The View,” even if for only a short time.
End of the semester! Educators love this season, when students (my apologies, all) struggle with tests and reports, and we slide slowly toward the summer vacation. Before truly escaping campus, though, all the music for the Rikkyo Chapel Choir’s fall season had to be chosen. Interested? Here is some of the rep you will hear if you come to a concert or service in the campus chapel (see the list below). Here are a couple of things rep list that you might find interesting. (unfortunately, we won’t have the composer Gjeilo improvising with us, but we do have his own written-out piano part for “Ubi caritas,” which is quite lovely.
- Tallis: O nata lux
- Mudd: Let thy merciful ears
- Attwood: Teach me o lord
- Elgar: They are at rest
- Stanford: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in G
- Gjeilo: Ubi caritas
- Dove: Seek him that maketh the seven stars
- Anglea: Jubilate Deo
- Morgan: Ai ga subete
- Sumsion: There is a green hill
- McDowall: Missa Mariae: Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus dei
- Casals: Nigra sum
- Howells: Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in D
1. A report on the Rikkyo Chapel Choir’s first-ever CD release. It’s available now, and I’ll give information on how to get a copy, and perhaps put a track on the blog for listening.
2. Cycling reports! Many to share! Get your chain greased up and brakes tightened!
3. Photography. As always, very few days go by without me taking pictures of something or another and sharing them on SNS. Sorry blog! Many photos coming.