Author Archives: Rev. Johann Caauwe

Mother of All Melismata

This is the opening of Bach’s cantata for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (BWV 132). The video shows Bach’s own score. I love that it takes up to ten measures to sing the word Bahn—that’s like 85 notes. The road … Continue reading

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Digital Polygraph and Analog Letters

Thomas Jefferson used a contraption called a polygraph duplicator to make copies of the many letters he wrote—as he wrote them. He could then file and store these copies as record of his correspondence. He called the device “the finest invention … Continue reading

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Wenn kömmst du? Ich komme.

This is the week that I listen to Bach’s Cantata 140 “Wachet auf” in preparation for the last Sunday in the church year. There are so many things that I love about this cantata and the hymn on which it … Continue reading

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Organ Symposium

About a month ago, Hannah and Andrew each played a piece of music in an Organ Symposium here in El Paso, when several organists from around the area get together and play a piece or two for each other. Here … Continue reading

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Grandpa’s Razor

This morning I shaved with a new razor. But not really new. It is a safety razor which belonged to my grandfather, Andrew Linkert. It was made in 1970 by Gillette. I have been wetshaving using a double-edge safety razor for around eight … Continue reading

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Great Works

C. S. Lewis once wrote “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” and “The sure mark of an unliterate man is that he considers ‘I’ve read it already’ to be a conclusive argument … Continue reading

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Experiment House Head

I laughed out loud when I came to this passage tonight as I was reading to Lydia: After that, the Head’s friends saw that she was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere … Continue reading

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Friends in the Hymnal

When I was a kid, I used to page through the hymnal in church—often while sitting with my mom during choir practices. I remember looking for hymns written by men named Johann. It was noteworthy, then, when I came across … Continue reading

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Advent Preaching by Cantata

By the end of December, I will have prepared and delivered fifteen sermons or devotions for services during this month. These are for our Sunday Divine Service, as well as Matins and Vespers services for Advent and Christmas. But in … Continue reading

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Of Course

It is, of course, by Jesus’ command that I was baptized. –Bo Giertz, To Live with Christ

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