Have yourself a merry iPad Christmas

And marvel at what technology can do.  Check out the video below which shows what the Christmas concert has become in the 21st century. [Read more...]

Michael Bolton, on singing in Assisi

“There is something special about this place. I have performed in churches and cathedrals and holy sites but there is something about being in the presence of everything that has been inspired by St Francis…When you’re doing Christian songs, there is a very different focus that you have to deliver. As a singer it is [Read More...]

"I have traveled many moonless nights…"

Another favorite song of the season: Amy Grant’s haunting Marian hymn, “Breath of Heaven.” [Read more...]

2010: The year that Christmas surrendered to mob rule

Flash mob, that is. Go ahead. Search YouTube for “Messiah” and “Flash mob,” and you’ll find how many shopping centers, food courts and malls, from Cleveland to Seattle, have staged these wonderful “spontaneous” performances of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The fad has been studied by news outlets as varied as NPR and the Kansas City Star. [Read More...]

A joyful noise, from America's only Catholic choir school

The only choir school of its kind in America is embarking on a new era, with a new musical director — and he brings his own unique musical tradition to the job. Details in the Boston Globe: Early on a cold December morning, in a classroom near Harvard Square, four dozen boys in black cassocks [Read More...]

"God is not dead, nor does He sleep…"

In the run-up to Christmas, I’ll be posting a few of my favorite songs of the season.  One that gets a lot of play on my iPod is this one, from Casting Crowns: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Enjoy. [Read more...]

Do you hear what I hear?

Christmas carols! Over at Aggie Catholics, Marcel has posted his list of favorite Christmas carols, complete with videos and favorite lines. My personal favorite happens to be the entrance processional at Midnight Mass at my parish. It never fails to give me chills — and tears.  This, with two dozen altar servers carrying torches, wearing [Read More...]

Ode to O: the story behind the "O Antiphons"

December 17th begins the octave before Christmas and that can mean only one thing: O Antiphons! Oh?  Oh yes! You know parts of them from “O Come,  O Come, Emmanuel” (a haunting, richly executed version is below, courtesy the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).  But there is so much more. Fr. William Saunders notes: The “O Antiphons” [Read More...]

Now THAT'S a Christmas concert!

We had the annual Christmas concert at my parish last weekend. For those who couldn’t make it to Queens, no problem. You can see some highlights right here. Enjoy.  It’s a glorious event, in a glorious setting. [Read more...]

The Priests' version of "The Little Drummer Boy"

Those with warm memories of the Bing Crosby/David Bowie rendition of this classic will want to check out this new interp, featuring Shane MacGowan.  CNS, meantime, has an interesting write-up about this version. Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum… [Read more...]