RIP, Donna Summer

The definitive Queen of Disco — whose music contributed mightily to the soundtrack of my college years — died today at 63 from lung cancer. [Read more...]

When Jacob met Tyler: making beautiful music together

From the YouTube description: Our eight-year-old blind-autistic son Jacob enjoying some fine acoustic guitar by a musician in downtown Lawrence, Kansas on May 13, 2012. Tyler … Thank you so much for letting Jacob feel the music! “Tyler” is bluegrass musician Tyler Gregory. Take two minutes and watch something charming and inexpressably sweet. [Read more...]

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”

If this doesn’t put your life in perspective, nothing will. Behold: kids on the hemoncology floor of Seattle Children’s Hospital perform “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. Watch and be awed.  (Warning: Kleenex may be needed.) [Read more...]

Just when you think you can’t take another “flash mob,” along comes something wonderful

Surely, the classiest and most elegant flash mob ever.  A thing of surprising joy and wonder, too. This happened on a train in Copenhagen. And I just loved it.  I think you will, too. [Read more...]

Pontiff of note: Benedict to attend first public concert

Our piano-playing, music-loving pontiff will soon be hitting the road – specifically, heading to Milan: Pope Benedict XVI will attend a concert at the La Scala opera house of Beethoven’s Ninth symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The June 1 concert is part of the pope’s Milan visit for the World Encounter of Families, which deals [Read More...]

Make a joyful noise!

I got an email the other day alerting me to a music institute happening on Long Island next month and, while I’m not in the habit of plugging this sort of thing here, this time I’ll make an exception because I know it’s just got to be good. Because: one of the teachers is the [Read More...]

The Mormon who makes a joyful noise for Catholics

It took him two years, working in his living room, but he created a hand-crafted church organ that he plays every Sunday for a Catholic parish in Houston. Details: Ben Crandall gently lifted the hand-carved top off the cherry-wood organ and laid it to the side. He reached in and pulled two flutelike tubes from [Read More...]

“Seven Last Words”

Last night, as is our custom, our parish choir performed the epic “Seven Last Words” by Dubois.  It was a stunning performance.  Below is a rendition of the finale I found on YouTube. Skip ahead to about the 2:51 mark and you’ll hear the glorious concluding prayer, “We adore you O Christ and we praise [Read More...]

Ted Neeley’s “Gethsemane”

Ted Neeley, who played the title role in the film “Jesus Christ Superstar,” reprised it for a stage tour three decades later at the age of 63.   Here he is in 2006.  It’s something to see. [Read more...]

Pange Lingua

The beautiful, haunting chant of Holy Thursday.  Translation follows the video below. Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of His flesh the mystery sing; of the Blood, all price exceeding, shed by our immortal King, destined, for the world’s redemption, from a noble womb to spring. Of a pure and spotless Virgin born for us [Read More...]


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