Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” rewritten for Easter

This has been making the round again this season: the ubiquitous “Hallelujah” (lately made famous, once again, by Fr. Ray Kelly), reworked around an Easter theme. Give a listen. [Read more...]

She’s back! Sister Christina performs again on “The Voice”

This time, a duet: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Check out the video below. CNS provides a translation of the conversation after, where one of the judges notes: Great stuff! It’s fabulous because it reminded me of the movie Sister Act where there’s this renewal, this move toward people who live the modern world of [Read More...]

Just in time for Easter: “Muppet Christ Superstar”

Really. Details:  Canadian singer Christo Graham has turned the water of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most beloved musicals into the wine of glorious, everlasting parody, recasting Webber’s musical life of Christ with an all-felt cast with Muppet Christ Superstar. Casting Kermit as the Messiah, Gonzo as Judas Iscariot, and Miss Piggy as Mary Magdalene, Graham [Read More...]

NPR: Disney is tolerant of anything but the word “God”

So say the Academy Award-winning songwriters behind the monster hit, “Frozen,” in this interview with NPR:  The husband and wife team behind the Oscar-winning Frozen said on Thursday that while Disney is open to bringing songwriters from diverse backgrounds, God is the only thing that they have seen censored since they have worked there. Speaking on NPR’s Fresh Air show, [Read More...]

Watch a priest leave this bride and groom speechless—and in tears

I’ve never seen anything quite like this. And I’ll wager you haven’t either. From the Christian Post:  SonLight Music Ministry had just finished what sounded like a beautiful rendition of “Be Thou My Vision” when Father Ray Kelly again took the mic at the wedding of Chris and Leah O’Kane. But instead of closing the [Read More...]

A “Frozen” father’s lament

Priceless. One man gives voice to what so many dads are feeling these days. [Read more...]

Groundbreaking news in the world of choral music

From Kings College Choir in the UK. [Read more...]

What? No elephants in the aisle?

Here’s something nifty:  Passengers on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney on Monday were treated to an impromptu performance of “Circle of Life” by the Australian cast of “The Lion King.” Surprised travelers were greeted with song as they boarded Virgin Australia Flight 970. The cast was in Brisbane for an announcement that the Broadway production will open in [Read More...]

Looking for a little inspiration for this Sunday’s homily?

Try this. Take it away, Peter, Paul and Mary.  From 1966 on the BBC. And then there’s this version, which comes from 1961, from the great Mahalia Jackson. [Read more...]

This nun is on fire: the amazing performance everyone is talking about

Behold, the nun who is rocking “The Voice” in Italy: A singing, swaying, amazing nun stunned judges in a recent performance on “The Voice of Italy.” Video of 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia has gone viral on YouTube, and it’s a clip that needs no translation. The judges/coaches on the reality singing competition have their backs to [Read More...]