Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Deacon Greg and the Dalmatics

New York cover band Deacon Greg and the Dalmatics is a regular sight on the charity benefit circuit, bringing their low-key mix of contemporary pop tunes and doo wop classics to galas and telethons up and down the east coast. The members of the band, Catholic deacons all, bring a straight-ahead aesthetic to their covers that makes the best use of their combined talents while respecting the source material. On particularly popular tunes the Dalmatics will occasionally add a topical reference or … [Read more...]

The Dogmat Sez

When you're a layperson, the world is your cloister. … [Read more...]


This was posted to my old blog in February of 2003.I was reciting limericks to my boy David after dinner tonight, and I told him one I'd made up when I was in college:A young man both hungry and odd Decided to dine upon sod.   To do this he dared,   But was quite unprepared For the weeds that grew out of his bod.After that I ran out, and of course he wanted more. So I had to make up a new one, and here it is:A famous explorer named Dave Was … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: Gopher Tuna

For all Carmina Burana fans, I present the misheard lyrics to O Fortuna.Yeah, if you're a Carmina Burana fan you've already seen it...but you want to watch it again, you know you do. … [Read more...]

The Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: The Chasuble Project

The Chasuble Project's unique style of liturgical music, based on a unique fusion of Gregorian chant, vernacular texts, and modern jazz, has gotten them attention from music directors from all over the Catholic world. The Project's mass settings are scored for schola and jazz combo, the combo usually consisting of jazz piano, electric bass, and drum set; however, their more experimental settings have included everything from crumhorns* to dual electric xylophones. Albums include The Birth of … [Read more...]

The Woof Guide to Popular Music: Snoopy vs. The Red Baron

For some reason the subject of Snoopy and the Red Baron came up in conversation the other day, and I thought I'd commemorate it by posting the Royal Guardsman's song on the topic, a relic of my childhood. There are a number of versions of the song on Youtube; this one isn't stellar, but it sounds the best, and it doesn't have a bunch of WWII airplanes flying about like one of them did. … [Read more...]

Word I Wish I’d Written: Pragmatism

The Patrician was a pragmatist. He never tried to fix things that worked. Things that didn’t work, however, got broken.— Terry Pratchett, Soul Music … [Read more...]

The Eight Types of Photographers You’ll Find in the Wild

Alan Steadman has compiled a kind of bird-watcher's guide for photographers. I'd like to say that I'm the Recluse or the Non-Photographer Friend, but I suspect I'm just this guy, you know? … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: The Dogmatics

Los Angeles-area group The Dogmatics are a straight-up no-nonsense rock-and-roll oldies cover-band. They claim to play only the best, most classic rock-and-roll hits; and their chief distinction is their skill at performing them with perfect fidelity to the best known recordings. Not content to impersonate just Elvis Presley or just the Beatles, they impersonate all the greats, one song at a time, live on-stage. At one of their shows you might hear them perform "I Heard It Through The … [Read more...]