Did they sing this at your parish today?

Given the readings, “Here I Am, Lord” is a natural.  We sang this at my place.  How about you? Here’s one of the prettiest versions I’ve heard, from a boys choir. [Read more...]

An airplane trip of note

A Thursday palate-cleanser for you, to help spread a little harmony! The YouTube notation says: “It took all of us by surprise while waiting on a maintenence check to be performed on the aircraft. Best surprise ever!! …Thanks to Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale…” H/T Aggie Catholics [Read more...]

It’s still Christmas, so let’s keep the carols going…

One of my favorites, from an old PBS special.  (The CD of this is a holiday perennial around our house.)  Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Staade and “Gesu Bambino,” conducted by Andre Previn. Has anyone ever done this better?  I don’t think so. [Read more...]

A Christmas flash mob featuring…Jesus Christ?

‘Tis the season, so why not? The spirit here — and the unabashed proclamation of faith in the public square — is just wonderful.  Stay with it to the end.  You won’t be disappointed.  (H/T to the Concord Pastor and that merry God Googler, Mike Hayes).   [Read more...]

“Don’t let the light go out…”

For our Jewish neighbors, a favorite of The Bench: a seasonal chestnut from Peter, Paul and Mary and their classic 1988 TV special on PBS.   Happy Hanukkah! [Read more...]

It’s here: this season’s first big holiday flash mob

Leave it to T-Mobile to kick-start the season with another splashy production number in a public space — this one, a shopping mall outside Chicago. [Read more...]

The story behind “Now Thank We All Our God”

From the vault, one of my favorites: I suspect most Catholics don’t know the name Martin Rinkart. But this Lutheran deacon and composer left us a beautiful testament to faith and thanksgiving: he composed the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God.” Some details about his life and times shed new light on this familiar [Read More...]

The spirituality of Springsteen

That was the topic of an unusual workshop held last month at  St. Barnabas parish in New Jersey last month, where  Augustinian friar Fr. Kevin Keelan spoke about the religious threads running through the writings of Bruce Springsteen.  (One of those in attendance was Springsteen’s mother, Adele, shown above with the priest.) From the Trenton [Read More...]

Friday palate-cleanser: singing about Jesus on Letterman

Elsewhere, I’ve written about the new production of “Godspell” on Broadway, and even linked to a clever flash mob staged in Times Square.  Here’s the cast on the David Letterman show earlier this week.  (It’s always good to remember that we are the light of the world, isn’t it?) Fun fact: In the early 1970′s, [Read More...]

How do you make a music video for people who can’t hear music?

Like this. Behold: a music video for hearing-impaired children, courtesy The Deaf Professional Arts Network. [Read more...]


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