When I'm feeling kind of blue, I pop in one of my most favorite discs to transport me to another place and time. It's the Rose Ensemble's marvelous recording Il Poverello.
It's music filled with spirit, joy and the unexpected from Italy of the 12th-16th century - choral polyphony, medieval chant, lusty instrumental solos - all to praise one of the greatest and most humble saints, St. Francis of Assisi.
I promise you, it is not possible to feel a moment of self-pity after hearing this music. It simply takes you beyond this world. And right at this moment, The Rose Ensemble is taking this music around the state - with short jaunts to Indiana and Arizona - to make this blissful experience available to all of us.
Listen to Rose Director Jordan Sramek give a little behind-the-scenes audio postcard of their travels - and do try to make one of these concerts!