The (abridged) history of Western Music, told through “It’s A Wonderful World”

Here’s a fun little palate-cleanser for you, from the fiendishly clever folks at CDZA:  [Read more...]

“Me going off me rocker, please feed me Betty Crocker!”: Cookie Monster covers “Call Me Maybe”

What the world has been waiting for! You can see the original, by Carly Rae Jepsen, here.  But I like this one better. [Read more...]

In tribute to that great Jewish novelty tune, “God Bless America”

Who knew? At least one critic has noted that parts of the song are lifted from a Jewish vaudeville song written over 100 years ago. (If you’re curious, give a listen to a sampling, and you can indeed hear the title strains of “God Bless America” very clearly.) Below, Kate Smith’s iconic rendition from “This [Read More...]

For Father’s Day: Harry Chapin’s son talks about “Cat’s in the Cradle”

Below, Harry Chapin performs what may be his best-known and most enduring song — and the subject of it, his son, talks about his father, who died when he was very young. Meantime, there’s great information about how the song came to be at this website, quoting Chapin’s wife, Sandy, who wrote the poem that [Read More...]

“Bohemian Rhapsody” as you’ve never heard it before

Played, I swear, on a ukelele — “the underdog of all instruments.” Forget Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips.  Listen instead to the musical stylings of Jake Shimabukuro, performing at a TED lecture two years ago. [Read more...]

Projection screens growing in popularity

I griped about this trend last year, but it seems to be spreading: On any given Sunday, one can walk into St. Francis of Assisi Church in Colorado Springs and hear the congregation singing. But a closer look reveals that many of those people are not using hymnals. Instead, they’re following lyrics and music projected [Read More...]

“Holy, Holy, Holy…”

For Trinity Sunday: a traditional Trinitarian hymn, beautifully sung by the King’s College Choir. Footnote: an interesting variation is this one, sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which reworks the lyric to remove any mention of the Trinity. [Read more...]

“Veni Sancte Spiritus” by Taize

The haunting chant that is another Pentecost perennial, sung by the choir of the Taize community. [Read more...]

“Veni Creator Spiritus”

One of the great chants, a staple for Pentecost, impeccably sung here by a Gregorian schola from Italy: A  translation of the Latin verses: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid, To fill the hearts which Thou hast made. O Comforter, to [Read More...]

You have never heard “Taps” played like this

Hundreds gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 150th anniversary of the familiar piece of music. Watch and listen. You can read more about it here. [Read more...]


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