The Mission

Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for the 1986 film, “The Mission,” has always been a favorite of mine.  The hauntingly beautiful and simple melody of “Gabriel’s Oboe” has been covered on just about every instrument you can imagine.  An Italian guitarist, Mauro De Domenico, has recorded a lovely arrangement of the piece for guitar and orchestra.  I had to play it.

I could not find the music for the arrangement anywhere, so I’ve adapted it by ear and have enjoyed playing it over the last several weeks.  Using my Logic Pro set-up, I created a midi string arrangement and mixed it with the guitar and video tracks using iMovie. Amazing what you can do with digital media applications these days!

At The Intersection of Faith and Politics

The memorial event held in Tucson, Arizona this past Wednesday night struck me as one of the most inspiring events I have witnessed in a long time at the often uneasy intersection between faith and politics in our nation.

Both Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, and the Attorney General, Eric Holder, acknowledged the poverty of conventional speech and then proceeded to read from the 40th chapter of the Book of Isaiah and from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians respectively.

President Obama then gave, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring speeches of his presidency, appealing to all Americans to “expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”

I felt at times, that I was listening to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus, the Gospel of reconciliation, of a world where what has been pulled and torn apart is brought together again and evil is overcome with good.  Regardless of political loyalties, you have to admire effective leadership when you see it. Wednesday night was a stirring example for us all.  If you haven’t heard the speech, I encourage you to watch it here.