24 episodes

Music and religion have been intertwined for as long as humanity has been singing. Music is often a vehicle for our religious experiences, to be performed both in secular and sacred environments. "The Composer as Contemplative" Podcast exists at this point of intersection, meditating both on the role of music in the spiritual and liturgical life, and about the role of faith in the musical life. From discussions of contemporary music to musings on the interior life, and everything in between, the topics of "The Composer as Contemplative" Podcast are as diverse as the interests of its host, NY-based composer and liturgical musician Conner David McCain.

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Music and religion have been intertwined for as long as humanity has been singing. Music is often a vehicle for our religious experiences, to be performed both in secular and sacred environments. "The Composer as Contemplative" Podcast exists at this point of intersection, meditating both on the role of music in the spiritual and liturgical life, and about the role of faith in the musical life. From discussions of contemporary music to musings on the interior life, and everything in between, the topics of "The Composer as Contemplative" Podcast are as diverse as the interests of its host, NY-based composer and liturgical musician Conner David McCain.

    Episode 24: Season 1 Review

    Episode 24: Season 1 Review

    With Episode 24, Season 1 of "The Composer as Contemplative" is in the books! What a season it has been! We’ve covered quite a lot of ground, touching on everything from Barry Manilow and the "Copacabana" in Episode 1, to The Cure in Episode 2, Taylor...

    • 14 min
    Episode 23: Not So Ordinary, Part 5

    Episode 23: Not So Ordinary, Part 5

    Our five-part series on the Ordinary of the Mass concludes with an in-depth look at the "Agnus Dei," or the "Lamb of God." The text both draws upon the other texts of the Ordinary and on the Scriptural image of Christ as Lamb, most prolifically placed...

    • 10 min
    Episode 22: Not So Ordinary, Part 4

    Episode 22: Not So Ordinary, Part 4

    The "Sanctus," with a text joining the Old and New Testaments (Isaiah 6:3 and John 12:13), is a beautiful and jubilant reminder of the heavenly presence of our liturgical celebrations. This week we continue our series on the "Ordinary of the Mass" by...

    • 15 min
    Episode 21: Not So Ordinary, Part 3

    Episode 21: Not So Ordinary, Part 3

    Did you know that there is a long tradition of singing the Creed during the Mass? Many of us will not have had the chance to experience that in our lives yet, but it is a beautiful and solemn thing! Listen to part 3 of our series on the Ordinary of the...

    • 15 min
    Episode 20: Not So Ordinary, Part 2

    Episode 20: Not So Ordinary, Part 2

    "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men'" (Luke 2:13-14). Those words are transposed into the mouth of the people in the...

    • 17 min
    Episode 19: Not So Ordinary, Part 1

    Episode 19: Not So Ordinary, Part 1

    The Mass is a miracle every time it happens. Whether we like the priest, the homily, the music, the church or not. Christ truly becomes present in his Word and in his Body and Blood. What is the "Ordinary" of the Mass, then? Is anything about the Mass...

    • 13 min

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