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By Eric Christopher Perry (ECP)
Hosted by Eric Christopher Perry – New England based conductor, vocal artist, and educator. Thoughts on music of all genres and topics, puns with limited success, and cool vibes to tie it all together. Music for the end of the world!...and the rest of your life. New website! Also, new voicemail line! Suggestions? Feedback? Random Musings? Leave a message and we may use it on the show. 1-617-410-8071
E66: Go Goldy!
ecp is back and sharing some thoughts about CHORantine's future, new directions, and maybe even a new name? He's also enamored by a local car commercial jingle. Recorded from a Best Western in Charleston, West Virginia. 
May 20, 2022
E65: Gimme That Shot!
Vaccinations are flying and so are the pandemic parodies. Shannon Rose McAuliffe and David Kravitz return with another "Shay-D Pasquinades" take on "Seasons of Love" from Rent.  Watch the video HERE Also heard:  Gosprom – Broadway Want to be on the show? Show ideas? Drop a line! Visit our website:
March 12, 2021
E64: You'll Never Walk Alone
Like everyone else, ecp spends a little time on the year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, reluctantly. Back to work, sort of. Excited and optimistic but aware of the perpetual danger and doom. A little time on ecp's own walk with the virus in early February. Curious about when and how people move out of Zoom and into real life. And unbelievable singing by Patti LaBelle. That's what's happening, baby.  Music Heard Today Bob Hope and Shirley Ross – Thanks for the Memory (1938) The Young Philosophers Club – Hope No Use Cryin' – Selvins Orchestra aAirial – Lonely Landscape Patti LaBelle and the BlueBelles – You'll Never Walk Alone Ketsa – Sun Hope *** For contact or to be on CHORantine: , or, visit our website
March 11, 2021
E63a: Woke Up This Morning
ecp sings traditional spiritual "Woke Up This Morning" as part of a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Colby College. For the full service: Virtual Event led by the Rev. Kate Smanik, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, and Jamya Brown, ‘22, President of Students Organized for Black and Latinx Unity. Members of Choirs at Colby provide musical selections.
January 18, 2021
E63: Joanne Rogers (1929-2021)
In memory of Joanne Rogers (1929-2021), concert pianist, recording artist, arts advocate, and occasional TV guest musician.  TedWomen 2018: Showing Up – TedxPittsburghWomen - Joanne Rogers: "Make Goodness Attractive" Jeannine Morrison and Joanne Rogers Piano Duo Tracks NY Times: Joanne Rogers Mrs. Rogers piano recital on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood 
January 15, 2021
E62: You Say You Want a RevoKNUTtion
ecp went cassette scrounging at Electric Buddahs in Portland, Maine, and found an old tape of Military Musick of the American Revolution from 1989. It feels all too familiar in 2021. Music and Articles:  "Military Musick of the American Revolution Containing Drum Signals and Camp Duties with a Choice Collection of Celebrated Marches and Airs Performed" by the Fifes and Drums of the Brigade of the American Revolution. Albany, New York.  Revolution Void - Someone Else's Memories  Food Will Win The War - Lie Awake live at WMFU New Jersey/New York Portland ICE Protesters Say Federal Agents Have Been Blasting “Walking Dead” Torture Song at Them for 10 Hours
January 15, 2021
E61: Movin' To The Country
Impeachment and songs about impeachment. Tales as old as time. Featuring Charles D. Blake, Roy C. Hammond, and yes, Randy Rainbow.  Music and Articles:  Piers Barber from Music Factory Number One: "Revisiting The Honey Drippers 'Impeach the President.'" The Honey Drippers: Impeach the President Washington Post: Impeachment Polka Randy Rainbow: Sedition!  Mother Jones: Soundtrack for Impeachment Revolution Void
January 14, 2021
E60: Moonset
ecp embraces midwinter darkness with Don Macdonald's "Moonset," performed by Vancouver's Musica Intima. 
January 13, 2021
E59: Rats!
ecp reads some good news about a Ratatouille-inspired TikTok musical that's getting a ton of press! And raising money for a great cause.  Musical Selections and Stories:  Good News Network: "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical Has Raised Over $1,000,000 for Struggling Actor." by Judy Cole CNN: "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical aims to cook up first-of-its-kind fun." Adeline Francis reads "The Mouse and the Thomas Cat" Scott Holmes – Cat and Mouse How To Make A Perfect Ratatouille  We Started The TikTok Ratatouille Musical  Rat Faced Boy – Smile The Mickey Mouse Club Theme 
January 12, 2021
E58: What Is Trivial?
ecp reflects on the passing of Alex Trebek and his final episode, explores the history of the Jeopardy theme music, and starts an amateur jingle writing phenomenon. Today's Music and Sources: Jeopardy Cat Music Jeopardy Theme Music Trap Remix by OMGItzChillBill  Yung Kartz: Jeopardy Retrigger: EZ Money Ketsa: Memory Hope and Social: People Change CBC: Facts About Jeopardy Theme Sounds of the NBC Chimes Jingle Hall of Fame
January 09, 2021
E57: Liberty
ecp reads poems from Frank Lebby Stanton, Georgia's first Poet Laureate, and shares musical settings of his poetry by Amy Beach.  Stanton - One Country  A Song of Liberty: Stanton - A Song of Liberty Amy Beach: A Song of Liberty,_Op.49_highvoice-piano.pdf A Song of Liberty performed by Minnesota Valley Chorale
January 07, 2021
E56: Georgia On All Of Our Minds
ECP salivates over sweet, sweet Georgia delicacies. And some Georgia based songs.  Featured:  Georgia On My Mind: Fortissimo, Dilworth School's men's ensemble (Auckland, New Zealand) from the 2019 Big Sing Festival. Performance found on YouTube HERE. Georgia by the Peerless Quartet Song by Walter Donaldson and Howard E. Johnson  Sheet music archived at UMaine HERE Heftone Banjo Orchestra  - Dill Pickles 
January 06, 2021
E55: Make Me An Instrument, Send Me A Cassette Tape
ECP bought a new toy he's so excited to share with the podcast. Now calling for old cassette tapes! Today featuring "Make Me An Instrument" by Lynn Michael Coffey (1953-2003), taken from an old tape and converted to MP3. Also, is the New Year a new year?
January 05, 2021
E:54 Car-nversations – 12 March 2020
ECP and Will Prapestis reflect on Renaissance Men, international travel, the concert that changed everything, and memories made during the bridge week between a time that was and a time that wasn’t anymore. In a car, sending of 2020 in only a way they can.
January 01, 2021
E43: Make A Pancake Joke, But Seriously...
Memorial Day always reminds ecp of George Butterworth's musical settings of A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad. As he gets older the poetry becomes more and more relevant. What is it you want to leave behind when it’s your time?
May 27, 2020
E42: Enescu, the Pandispan Cu Fructe
A birthday celebration for one of ECP's closest friends in the form of Romanian composer George Enescu (1881-1955) and numerous failed attempts at pronunciation of Romanian meals. ECP's first tripe soup. 
May 27, 2020
E41: Taps and Tapped Out
ECP forgot it was Memorial Day, ashamedly. How many battles are we fighting right now?
May 26, 2020
E38: American Idle Pt. III: Slugworth and the Sneaky Pipeline
American Idol Season 13 contestant Kari Moloney (Crimmins) with a never-before-seen peek behind the curtain of one of America's biggest cultural phenomena. 
May 14, 2020
E37: American Idle Pt. II – Staying Home Since 2002
"Why Don't You Audition For American Idol?" Here's why. The early days of cultural change and e-troll culture. Warning *hot take* alert. 
May 12, 2020
E36: American Idle Pt. I – Mamma Mia Let Me Go
This week on CHORantine we take a glance at pop culture's response to content creation and open up the phones for YOUR ideas and know-how. Just because America is on pause doesn't mean we have to be, necessarily.  Also, CHORantine's website is up and running!
May 11, 2020
E35: Pumpkins, Houses, and "The Webinar" – Yet Another Response
ECP spins allegorical about devastating news heard about the state of choral singing this week. Not that anyone needs another opinion about this, but, if you like great British triphop and garden talk...  
May 09, 2020
E34: I'm Still Here
Continued bad news about the state of the choral art in COVIDtimes. Elaine Stritch's performance of Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" from the White House in 2010 gives us a history lesson, and maybe some hope, that we're going to make it. Both the song and the performance inspires some takeaways. Riiiiise! Riiiiiise! RIIIIIIIIIISE! For the video:
May 07, 2020
E33: My Castle's Rockin'
National Appreciation for Nurses today! Featured in today's episode: the music, the voice, and the nursing career of international vocal jazz giant Alberta Hunter (1895-1984). Thank you to all of our nurses keeping us healthy across America and around the world. 
May 06, 2020
E32: Those Who Can
A soliloquy for National Teacher's Day underscored by La ille Morte by famed French composer and teacher of composers Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979).
May 05, 2020
E31: 54
What else is there to say?
May 04, 2020
E24: There God Is
Tips about isolation and Gregorian chant by Benedictine nuns in France and Poor Clare nuns in Minnesota. Featuring the Gregorian chant "Ubi caritas."
April 23, 2020
E23: Miles To Go Before I Sleep
Simplicity and complexity: Robert Frost and Randall Thompson – Frostiana Heard on the episode:  Vermont An exploration of the journey of the soul. The Vermont Youth Chorus perform THE ROAD NOT TAKEN from Frostiana by Randall Thompson with a chamber orchestra featuring musicians from the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Caleb Pillsbury, conductors - Mary Jane Austin, accompanist - broadcast on Regional Educational Television Network, Burlington, VT John C. Hughes Article on Frostiana
April 23, 2020
E22: Laura
When is love real and when is it not? Is love alone in our mind still love? Petrarch's Canzoniere in music, with settings by Marenzio and Liszt.  Selections: For full Canzoniere: Elderly Man Cries At Cushion Of Wife From Family: Have you subscribed to CHORantine yet? Check us out on Facebook! 
April 21, 2020
E21: No One Is Alone
Back in action! Brief remarks about the Good Friday livestream of Bach's St. John Passion in Benedikt Kristjánsson's incredibly powerful rendition, performed at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. Must watch:  Also heard: Bio Unit's "You're Not Alone"
April 20, 2020
E20: Were You There?
A reading from John 12:20, featuring Bob Chilcott's "Were You There" recorded by Festina Cantorum, Daniel Gostin, conductor, Shannon Rose McAuliffe, co-artistic director.
April 11, 2020
E19: Laments
ECP reflects on Renaissance Men's recording of Thomas Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah and the social, economic, and humanitarian destruction brought by Covid-19. 
April 10, 2020
Bach By One: BWV 245: Johannes-Passion Final Chorale
Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein Ah Lord, let your dear angels Am letzten End die Seele mein at my final hour carry my soul In Abrahams Schoß tragen, to Abraham’s bosom, Den Leib in seim Schlafkämmerlein while my body in its narrow chamber Gar sanft ohn eigne Qual und Pein gently without pain or torment Ruhn bis am jüngsten Tage! rests until the last day. Alsdenn vom Tod erwecke mich, Wake me then from death, Dass meine Augen sehen dich so that my eyes see you In aller Freud, o Gottes Sohn, in all joy,o God’s son, Mein Heiland und Genadenthron! my saviour and throne of mercy Herr Jesu Christ, erhöre mich, Lord Jesus Christ, hear me, Ich will dich preisen ewiglich! I shall praise you eternally!
April 09, 2020
E18: Chag Pesach Sameach
Song of Solomon and Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) Selections: Anima mea liquefacta est / Adiuro vos, Filiae Hierusalem, SWV 263-264/Musicalische Compagney/Schütz: Lamenti et concerti by Musicalische Compagney Translation found at Sammy's Medley by Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet\ New York Times article on Schütz by Tommasini:
April 08, 2020
E17: The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
Psalm 118 performed by Festina Cantorum Daniel Gosten, conductor, Shannon Rose McAuliffe, co-artistic director
April 07, 2020
E16: Where's Gesualdo?
Springtime sacred holidays and musical culture in the age of social distancing. ECP partook in a state-approved recording session for virtual church last weekend – here is a week's worth of thoughts and recordings from those sessions.  Selections heard in this episode:  Carlo Gesualdo - O vos omnes, recorded by Festina Cantorum, Daniel Gostin, conductor, Shannon Rose McAuliffe, co-artistic director  From the Free Music Archive: Charlie Bit Me Remix!
April 06, 2020
bored, made a GarageBand midi ringtone based on the Zoom audio test chime. If you want it I'll send it to you for free! Email for requests. 
April 04, 2020
E14: Is There A Doctor In The House? Pt. 3: In A Heartbeat
A short, deep dive through the work of Dr. Joseph Leopold Auenbrügger (1722-1809), doctor, prominent author of "percussion" and medicine, and librettist of Antonio Salieri's comic opera, "The Chimney Sweep." Many thanks to Sydney, Australia's Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Erin Halyard, conductor, Candice Docker, Marketing and Development Executive, for permission to use audio.
April 02, 2020
E13: You Know What's Coming
...something something...major announcement...something something...
April 01, 2020
E12: Heav'ns High Paradise
ECP sings a little four part ayre by English composer, poet, and physician Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
March 31, 2020
E11: Is There A Doctor In The House? Pt. 1
This week, ECP explores doctors + musicians in celebration of International Doctor's Day. Today we feature Dr. Assad Meymandi of UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina – a celebrated physician, author, and philanthropist. While not a performing musician, per say, Dr. Meymandi's writings on music and medicine, as well as his prolific generosity over the course of his lifetime, are unparalleled in American culture today.  For his blog:
March 30, 2020
Bach By One: Chorale from BWV 45
Grant that I may do with diligence what it is proper for me to do, wherever your command leads me in my position! Grant that I may soon do it at the time when I should do it; and when I do it, then grant that it may turn out well! Chorale from BWv 45 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Orchestra by - pick a cantata and give it a try! If you'd like to share your recording, email the MP3 to Subscribe to CHORantine! Spotify, Apple Podcasts,, or wherever you podcast Facebook: Give it a try! 
March 29, 2020
E10: Friend Feature Friday! Vol. 1
Today is the first episode of CHORantine's Friend Feature Friday! On today's episode: (6:14) Jay Mobley: Isolation – Wer hat dich (J.S. Bach) , performed and produced by Jay Mobley For more information on Jay Mobley, find his page on Facebook or check out Jay's SoundCloud . Thanks Jay for the submission! (9:30) Clare Macean: Christ the King, performed by New England vocal ensemble Cappella Nova Mundi, William Kempster, Artistic Director. For a video of this performance, find it on YouTube here. Thank you to ensemble member Elizabeth Mitchell Bowman for the submission.  Other selections on today's episode include:  "Friends" by Heartwurkz\ "Hopeful Journey" by Scott Holmes Loops and samples: Thanks for listening to another week of CHORantine! Make sure to visit our Facebook page, and share our episodes with your friends if you like our show! If you'd like to be featured on Friend Feature Friday (working title...) drop us a line on Facebook or email ECP directly,
March 27, 2020
E09: Ware In The World
Springtime poems and enchanting music by the exquisite 20th century American composer of art song and choral works, Harriet Ware (1877-1962). Gorgeous blue skies out there today... Selections heard on today's episode:  Believe by Roa Music | Music promoted by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License Joy of the Morning Performer: John Barnes Wells; Harriet Ware Writer: Edwin Markham; Harriet Ware Blue Skies by Betty Hutton - Paul Weston and his Orchestra (Irving Berlin) Loops and samples: Harriet Ware obituary: – subscribe today! Apple Podcasts and more! 
March 26, 2020
E08: Spring Sonnet Pt. 2 – Brush Up Your Shakespeare!
ECP gets a little carried away with the Shakespeare Generator. Today's selections are all set to the text of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 98, "From you have I been absent in the spring." These selections are not in the podcast itself (copyright) but can be found at our companion playlist on Spotify @chorantine. Or, at your favourite music distributor. Kirke Meecham's "Five Centuries of Spring" performed by Los Angles Chamber Singers, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedeso's "28 Shakespeare Sonnets, Op. 125," performed by Salvatore Champagne and Howard Lubin, and David Myska's "Four Songs on William Shakespeare" performed by Anita Krause and Thomas Wiebe.  Additional selections heard in this episode include "Blah Blah Blah" by Complete Shakespeare found on Captain Humes Poeticall Musicke - The Spirit of Gambo (The Lord Dewey's Favoret) by Tobias Hume, Phillip Serna, viola da gamba Sonnet 98 by Yonatan Gutfeld from Time's Tyranny, 9 Shakespeare Sonnets
March 25, 2020
E07: Spring Sonnet: Pt. 1
A reading of Work without Hope by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).
March 24, 2020
E06: Spring #1, And, 54!
ECP safely transported to Boston, Massachusetts, where the next week of shows will be recorded. Despite technical difficulties and a snow 'event,' nothing stops us from celebrating the first full week of spring! First up: The spring songs of Tchaikovsky Op. 54: 16 Songs for Children. Pardon any and all pronunciation mistakes. Special thanks to Emily Ezust,, for translation permissions. We hope to get the sounds right for tomorrow, but, enjoy the beautiful music!  Heard on Today's Episode: Podington Bear/Just Watching/ Tchaikovsky 16 Songs for Children Op. 54 Gennady Pishchayev, tenor Alexander Bakhciev, piano Firma Melodia 1980 John McCormack; Gerald Moore Tchaikovsky: Music For Cello & Orchestra by Rafael Wallfisch; English Chamber Orchestra; Geoffrey Simon Chandos Records Ltd. (CHAN8347) P.Tchaikovsky. "Legend". Words by A.Pleshcheyev The State Chamber Choir of the USSR Russian Conducting School. Valery Polyansky 1996 Talents of Russia
March 24, 2020
Bach By One: Chorale from BWV 39
Bach By One Series: Pick a Bach chorale and sing all the parts! This week: BWV 39: 7. Chorale Blessed are those who from pity take to themselves the needs of others, are compassionate with the poor, pray faithfully for them to God. Those who are helpful with counsel and also, whenever possible, in deeds will in turn receive help and obtain compassion for themselves. English Translation by Francis Browne (March 2002) Orchestra by - pick a cantata and give it a try! If you'd like to share your recording, email the MP3 to Subscribe to CHORantine! Spotify, Apple Podcasts,, or wherever you podcast Facebook: 
March 22, 2020
E05: Zoom Zoom Zoom!
Like so many of you, ECP has been in countless hours of online conference calls and tele-teaching this week. It's only the beginning. Hang in there...we are all in this together. It's worth it. Nobody processes times of crisis in the same way. Today is also the launch of the Friday format, where we invite your projects, recordings, readings, etc. to be a part of the show. Have anything you'd like featured on Friday? Let us know! or  Keep an eye out for Sunday as well, as CHORantine's Sunday series of Bach Chorales sung by ECP (and any of YOU who'd like to participate) will be added to this channel.  Show selections today: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom by The Sunnysiders; Morgan;Malkin Kapp (K-113) Publication date 1955-04 Topics 78rpm, Popular Music Digitizing sponsor Kahle/Austin Foundation I See The Squirrels Outside In The Sunshine Of Delight by Origami Repetika
March 20, 2020
E04: GOAT!
New England received some sad news this week about the GOAT. In this episode of CHORantine, ECP pays tribute to the man, the myth, the GOAT, Tom Brady, with musical samplings from other notable goat-ables.  Invention No. 8 Collage - Sans Gloves, Latex Gloves, Thin Gloves, Ski Gloves, Mittens, Boxing Gloves by In Glove With Bach THE VICTORS (University of Michigan) by COLUMBIA MILITARY BAND; Elbel Columbia (35717) 1939"COLUMBIA+MILITARY+BAND" Giovanni da Cascia Gothic Voices and Christopher Page A Song for Francesca on the Helios label Courante Ennemond Gaultier Style brisé: Gautier and the French Lute School Toyohiko Satoh Channel Classics Bach: Christmas Oratorio Musical Heritage Society Engel -  Rammstein Like "CHORantine" on Facebook and subscribe on Spotify! Please share with friends as well. Thanks for a stellar first week of the podcast!
March 19, 2020
E03: Til The Storm Passes By
ECP wishes a happy birthday to his Dad, who introduced him to the timeless, uplifting recordings of the Mennonite A Cappella family singing tradition.  Heard On Today's Episode:  Till the Storm Passes By/ I Wil Sing the Wondrous Story/Antrim Mennonite Choir/ Sweet Home from The Philharmonia/Eric Christopher Perry sings God Be with You Til We Meet Again/Antrim Mennonite Choir/ Loops and beats provided by Hot Hot Mate from Mennist to Society Bush Wiebe and the Mennonite Blues Experiment Read more about the Mennonites at Take a read and learn a thing or two about music! Link to The Philharmonia on IMSLP  For more information on Chorantine, visit Follow us on Spotify as well, as well as our supplemental music playlist for songs and related listening – search: chorantine. 
March 18, 2020
E02: My Irish Song of Songs
It's St. Patrick's Day! And ECP takes a swipe at the wrong Sullivan (and not even an Irish one!).  Song Selections:  My Irish Song of Songs by Alfred Dubin/Daniel J. Sullivan/John McCormack, tenor/Berliner Gram-o-phone Co. Limited, 1918, Creative Commons.  For Auld Lang Syne/Robert Carr, vocalist, Robert Burns, poetry/1910 (?), Creative Commons  The Rare Old Mountain Dew/Peter C. Schilling, baritone, and Renaissance Men, Eric Christopher Perry, Artistic Director/used by permission   Rogers Jig, Village Jig/Paddy Sweeney/Decca, 1933/Creative Commons  For more information about Chorantine, please visit, or email  Please share, and, thanks! 
March 17, 2020
E01: CHORantine – An Introduction
Eric Christopher Perry, Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, as well as the Artistic Director of Renaissance Men, New England's Professional Male Vocal Chamber Ensemble, enters the ring of podcasting. "Let's build a playlist of cool choral music, or vocal music, or otherwise, and let's make silly observations about the pieces." What better time to pass time than in troubled times? He also rambles about The Great Gildersleeve. Loops heard today can be found on and The Great Gildersleeve intro courtesy of  Outro: Gander in the Pratie Hole, Morrison's Jig, Drowsy Maggie by Sláinte. For more information about the show visit (in progress), or email
March 16, 2020