Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Gorgeous Dead – Jacob T. Reilly

               The Gorgeous Dead           A Poem for My Brother Peter When the air cuts you quick like Orion’s sword, Flickering, gleaming, brightly brandished stars, Hunt  the rimed heavens for Venus then Mars, Bodies that blaze in teeming crystal hordes Of Boreas, for if you stay awake And vigilant for long enough at night, The mortified blades, […]

A New Brave World

Once upon a time there were fairytales. Fairytales, alive in the minds of loving fathers, carry the imaginations of little children into the very depths of joy, beauty, adventure and responsibility.  The knight in shining armor rides into the face of danger, braving certain destruction, to save the kingdom from the fire-breathing dragon.  As he […]

Natural Law Ain’t Nonsense

“[T]he light of natural reason, whereby we discern what is good and what is evil, which is the function of the natural law, is nothing else than an imprint on us of the Divine light.” – Summa Theologiæ [Part II, FP, Q. 91] Natural law is sometimes dismissed as just another religious theory, totally dependent […]

Classical music

As a student of composition, I am often asked, “what type of music do you write?” Typically I just say, “concert music,” meaning that I’m not a singer-songwriter and don’t write music for movies and video games. This usually leaves people perplexed, though. The music they’re accustomed to hearing in a concert hall is by […]