“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...]

“Hosanna, Hey-sanna…”

If you haven’t gotten enough “Hosannas” today, here are a couple more. The top clip is from the 1973 movie version of “Jesus Christ, Superstar.”  The second clip is from the 2000 stage revival, which was later adapted for video. The two make for an interesting comparison — different “Superstars” for different generations and different [Read More...]

Move aside, Susan Boyle

Must-see video alert! The latest sensation from “Britain’s Got Talent.”  It’s 17-year-old Jonathan Antoine and 16-year-old and Charlotte Jocanelli, performing “The Prayer.” Un.  Real. Or, as Simon Cowell put it:  “Wow.  Wow.  Wow.”  (You’ll need to click thru and watch it on YouTube.  Do.  It’s worth it.) [Read more...]


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