CD Review: Jenny Moore-Koslowsky, “JMK for SBT”

CD Cover I’ve spent the last couple of weeks, off and on, singing with Jenny Moore-Koslowsky. Not in person, of course — Jenny is in London, studying with her husband Conrad. And when I say “singing with,” of course I mean quietly, along with a CD safely playing at a louder volume. In the interest of not creating an auditory nuisance under some local bylaw, I don’t really do so much actual singing.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up, as it helps to know a little something about this project.

Springtime in Winnipeg

bdi_320.jpg It’s been spring-ish in the ‘peg for a while now, though true Winnipeggers know not to trust the weather too early in the spring. We’ve seen bikers out on the highways, a sure sign. On Saturday I was out with my girls doing errands and killing time and whatnot. There was a bit of a cool breeze up, but it was fairly warm, so at the request of the kids, we visited the BDI — if you’re not from here, that might need some explanation. The BDI is the Bridge Drive Inn, where you buy your ice cream and then walk across a footbridge over the Red River while you eat it. You can take a walk about the Kingston Row area, then back over the bridge to your car. Good fun, not so good in the calorie department. My youngest ran into a friend from her class in school, which she thought was pretty neat. We also stopped off and picked up a mothers’ day gift despite having been told not to spend money on anything.

He Walked: A Christmas Song for All Year

Footprints in Sand Now that we’ve wrapped up our brief look at John’s Prologue as an introduction to the themes of Advent and Christmas, I wanted to dwell a bit more on the canticle I used for the compline in the fourth week of Advent, which was unfortunately too short this year. I carefully selected a song by Mike Koop of St. Benedict’s Table fame. John’s prologue is a hymn for Christmas and all year long, and if you wanted to know what an updated song for Christmas and all year long would look like if you wrote it with your head filled with gospel images while staring at the prologue to John (1:1-18), I think I have the answer. It would need to be something written as an epiphany, like John’s gospel — portraying Jesus’ entry into, accomplishment of his task, and exit from the temporal scene with the transcendence of an Eternal God stepping in and out of time at will. It would need to reflect the fullness of both his Godhood and his humanity, in the same breath wherever possible.