Because this never grows old

Happy Solemnity of Christ the King!  Everybody dance! [Read more…]

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VIDEO: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — but with a twist

In much of the country right now, it really is cold outside. So here’s something to warm your heart: a new rendition of the winter classic by Michael Bublé and Idina Minzel (who last year was singing “The cold never bothered me anyway…” in “Frozen”). But this one has a charming twist. All the roles in this mini-musical [Read More…]

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Patti Smith defends performance at Vatican: “I like Pope Francis and I’m happy to sing for him”

Details from The New York Daily News:  Last week, the Godmother of Punk drew criticism from all sides after accepting the invitation of Pope Francis to sing at the Vatican’s upcoming Christmas concert. One Italian Catholic organization labeled the star “blasphemous.” Meanwhile, some hipsters found Smith’s proposed appearance hypocritical, considering she opened her very first [Read More…]

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Patti Smith sings “O Holy Night”

Here’s an early taste of Christmas for you. A few eyebrows were raised yesterday when it was announced that punk icon Patti Smith would be singing at the annual Vatican Christmas concert. But it turns out this isn’t her first appearance there. She sang last year. Among other things, she offered her interpretation of “O [Read More…]

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Patti Smith, Sister Cristina to perform at Vatican Christmas concert—UPDATED

From Huffington Post:  Sources close to Patti Smith confirmed to The Huffington Post that she will be performing at the Holy See’s Christmas concert this year. The iconic rock star is one of 18 acts scheduled to take the stage at the Conciliation Auditorium in Rome on Dec. 13 for the Vatican’s annual Concerto di Natale. [Read More…]

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Sister Cristina’s first album goes on sale

You’ve seen her sensational new take on “Like A Virgin.” Now the rest of the album is available at Amazon.  Details:  The 12-track album, which Italy’s Excite News reports was produced by Elvezio Fortunato and recorded in Los Angeles, is available for purchase on Amazon and features covers of “Try” by Pink, “No One” by Alicia Keys and “Somewhere [Read More…]

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Here I am, Lord: Dan Schutte, the man behind the music

He’s written some of the most familiar—and controversial—Catholic music of the last 40 years. This morning, a newspaper in Louisiana profiles him:  Dan Schutte never envisioned fame or a lasting legacy as a music star. He just wanted to write spiritual music. He wrote a lot of it. Nowadays, four decades after he first began [Read More…]

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Epic: hundreds join massive “Riverdance” celebration

I’m not sure what the Gaelic word for “Wow” is (O’Wow?) but this definitely deserves it. Just watch. [Read more…]

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“Singing Nun” Sister Cristina releasing an album for Christmas

Details:  Sister Cristina is back! Though in reality she never went away. After her breakout performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One” on Italy’s “The Voice,” Sister Cristina Scuccia went on to not only win the final competition but land herself a recording deal with Universal. With the world stunned and wooed by her explosive vocal talent, the young nun [Read More…]

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A hymn for Mary Magdalene?

Someone posted this lovely hymn on Facebook this morning, noting that it was written in the early 20th century from the point of view of Mary Magdalene (whose feast we mark today). I haven’t found any other citation for that, but I suppose it’s a plausible interpretation. Wikipedia just has this: “In the Garden” (sometimes [Read More…]

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