Tavener: Song for Athene – Te Deum Chamber Choir

Tavener’s Song for Athene is a slow building anthem that is a simultaneous reflection on death and celebration of life. The song is cloaked in a brooding drone that carries throughout the piece, forever the mainstay and support of the remaining voice parts. The whole thing progresses from a slow and quiet prayer for the departed and builds until it eventually becomes a brassy, shining celebration of God’s promise.

The story behind Song for Athene is as interesting as the music itself. It is an ode, not to the goddess Athena, but to a family friend who passed. The words are inspired and quoted from the Bible, Shakespeare, and other texts; all of which come together in this breathtaking and soothing piece that is theĀ favorite of many.

I had the distinct privilege of singing this piece with the Te Deum Chamber Choir under the direction of Matthew Christopher Shepard.

My Dog Cries for Bottles

My dog Pepper is a little obsessed with plastic bottles. If a plastic bottle appears in my home she will stare at it and cry without end.


The bottles don’t even have to have been offered to her. Simply seeing them on the counter is enough to make her sit, stare, and whine for hours. If she gets the chance to grab it, then she will hide in the closet so she can destroy it in peace.

Why do we ever buy dog toys if the recycling bin is just as fun?