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Composing Music: Bringing Prayers to Life



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Before we take a break from our podcast schedule this summer, we've released another episode of "Echoes from the Bell Tower" about music.

When we produced the last episode on chant, we had plenty of leftover content. So this episode focuses on composing music. The two monk composers featured in this "Echoes" podcast discuss how they view the work of composing.

Fr. Tobias Colgan, OSB, has been "an accidental composer" for 47 years. More recent to the composing game is Br. Joel Blaize, OSB, one of our podcast hosts.

We think you'll enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at bringing prayer to life.

If you'd like to hear more from Fr. Tobias' "Gentle Shepherd" recording, the CD is available from the Scholar Shop:

We're now taking a short break until fall, when we'll pick up with more episodes. Please subscribe to iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get podcasts and download "Echoes from the Bell Tower" so you won't miss the new fall episodes.

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Echoes from the Bell Tower is a blog devoted to observations on Christian faith, spirituality and everyday events, by authors with a connection to the Benedictine values found at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology. Contributors include students, permanent deacons, Benedictine oblates and Saint Meinrad monks. Their stories, thoughts and ideas highlight the mission and vision that ring out from the bell towers on this Hill in southern Indiana.