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…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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“Veni Sancte Spiritus” by Taize

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

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“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…]

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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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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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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