Ukraine's national anthem on carillon and trumpet in Gdansk, Poland, in support of Ukrainians during Russia's brutal aggression. Notice all the people stopping and listening? That's the power and reach of bells, plus brass. May the world powers devise a solution soon to end the war. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns5J0fUeNEA
My personal highlights from this bell's journey: The soft heart of Jeannene Shanks for the bell, saving it from a fate as a dumbbellReviving the tradition of ringing for the Fourth of July, one garage at a time!The enterprising research of the Shank family to find the bell's originsBells symbolize our shared history and country!The … Continue reading The Continental Odyssey of a Paul Revere Bell
The National Civil Rights Museum is calling on churches and institutions in the United States and beyond to ring their bells to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On April 4, 2018, bells will ring to commemorate 50 years after Dr. King's death and his legacy in the Civil Rights Movement. Bells … Continue reading Homage to MLK Jr.
Now there are a lot of bell happenings that I find awesome, but this one takes the cake…this is AWESOME. A mentor (thanks Kimberley Rudd!) of mine tuned me into the Let Freedom Ring! campaign of the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia for Black History Month. The historic black church has had a bell … Continue reading Let Freedom Ring!
I got some more info on the bells for the Pope! I blogged the first installment last week. First of all, I neglected to include the fourth church Pope Francis visited on his US tour: the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C. I'm not sure if they have bells or not. Please accept … Continue reading Bells for the Pope Part II
The media is all abuzz about the Pope's visit to Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. No one has covered the bells in the churches he's visited, though, so I'll share what I know! On September 23rd, Pope Francis gave a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, … Continue reading Bells for the Pope
Serendipity led me to this story about a bell from Chicago that tolled for the 9/11 victims in Manhattan. Rev. David W. Schlatter, a fire chaplain in Wilmington, DE, wanted to remember his friend and colleague Rev. Mychal F. Judge, who was a NYC fire chaplain who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. … Continue reading Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims
NPR’s All Tech Considered on Monday tuned me into a recent bell performance at UC-Berkeley. “Natural Frequencies” features carillon bells played via a computer program that uses seismological data to generate the music. Two live carillon performers play the bells at the same time.That kind of project takes a lot of manpower, and a whole … Continue reading The Sensation of Earth