Monthly Archives: September 2014

Can the pipes prevail? Part III.

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Part II looked at the nuts and bolts of the classical pipe organ. The third and final part, seen below, ventures more into sociological and theological territory, as my interviewees explore how a shift away from certain Christian denominations has caused the organ to recede from its former prominence—and what new generations of musicians are …Read more…

Can the pipes prevail? Part II.

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While Part I of this series concluded with an anecdote, explaining my own personal connection to “the king of instruments”, this section continues with a trip to an organ manufacturer, just outside of downtown Indianapolis.   Along Massachusetts Avenue, east of College, the offices of Goulding and Wood sit ensconced among many of the other …Read more…

Can the pipes prevail? Part I.

Caption: The chancel view of the suspended cross, full organ case , choir, high altar with reredos. (Source: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, www.stpaulsindy.org)

The next series of articles will probably seem, at first blush, like a radical departure for American Dirt. They comprise the full length of an extensive article that I was commissioned to write last year for the Indianapolis arts magazine, Sky Blue Window. The goal at the time was an extensive piece of narrative journalism …Read more…

Shipwreck Island without the water.

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At long last, a significant number of older urban centers in the country seem to be recognizing that it’s a good idea to build infrastructure that accommodates pedestrians. While we are far from perfecting the design of crosswalks or vehicular turn lanes, the trajectory clearly manifests improvement with each passing year. Finally. But even the …Read more…