Jazz musician Dave Brubeck died not long ago, at the ripe old age of 92. His ensemble offered a smooth jazz style that was my introduction to the genre, and I always enjoyed it. Listen to Take Five, courtesy of Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faJE92phKzI
As is so often the case with prominent figures, I learned more about Brubeck after his death than I ever knew while he was alive, including the depth of his Roman Catholic faith. These religious convictions were expressed through his sacred compositions. Read this from Sojourners Magazine:
Brubeck said his service in World War II convinced him "something should be done musically to strengthen man’s knowledge of God." That experience gave him the idea of an oratorio based on the Ten Commandments, particularly the "Thou shalt not kill" part.
Brubeck also wrote a Roman Catholic mass called To Hope: A Celebration. A great title for Advent, don't you think?
Do you know Brubeck's music? Were you aware of his Christian faith?
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