Owed to joy: check out this thrilling symphony flash mob

Just when you thought this contrivance had been done to death, somebody finds a new and delightful way to bring a little joy into everyday life. This first popped up on YouTube last summer, but since we have a while into the Hallelujah! flash mobs start up again, let’s indulge ourselves, shall we? This comes [Read More...]

Officially adorable: dads singing “Part of Your World”

Now I’ve seen everything. For all you dads out there with little princess-fixated daughters, take heart: you have plenty of company. Enjoy. [Read more...]

“Yes to You”: priest raps a poem about same sex attraction

And now for something completely different. Below is the latest effort at outreach by Courage, the Catholic ministry to gay men and women. It features Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns aka Fr. Pontifex, with music by Sean Beeson. Excerpt: The same Church that says no when we fail to keep our sexual selves in check Is [Read More...]

RIP, Andy Williams

The legendary crooner is gone:   Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording “Moon River” and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over has died, his publicist said. He was 84. Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his Los Angeles-based publicist, [Read More...]

“Les Miz”: an extended first look

Those who have been waiting for more glimpses of this epic musical — following the sensational trailer released this summer—your wait is over. The producers have just released a mini-documentary/promotional video that focuses on the groundbreaking technique they used for recording the music: actually performing the songs live, with piano accompaniment, rather than lip-syncing. Prepare [Read More...]

“Call Me Maybe” as you’ve never heard it before. Really.

The ubiquitous song by Carly Rae Jepsen that defined the summer is here redefined in a delightful arrangement for choir and orchestra. It’s performed by the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra, a volunteer pickup ensemble conducted by Arianne Abela in New Haven, Connecticut. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. As improbable as it seems, this rendition rocks. [Read More...]

Taylor Swift’s “Ronan”

Last night was evidently the first time she’s performed this song in public: “Ronan” is dedicated to a 4-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift, 22, wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer. According to a person familiar with the show, but [Read More...]

My next job

I do a lot of this already… [Read more...]

RIP, Hal David

I was surprised this weekend to hear of the death of lyricist Hal David, who penned some of the most enduring pop tunes of the ’60s.  I didn’t realize just how prolific he had been until I read his obit in the Times and saw his output: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “I Say [Read More...]

Madonna, still gunning for the church

New Jersey Star Ledger writer Tris McCall describes what happens in the star’s latest concert: The lights went down, and we were in Troyes Cathedral, or perhaps Fordham University. A gigantic glowing crucifix, several stories high, hung over the stage. It was the centerpiece of a handsome Old World church built of light and shadow [Read More...]


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