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...]

This is why college theater majors should never marry each other

Because it leads to things like this: lip-sync performances from “Frozen” on family trips. Dude, keep your EYES ON THE ROAD! [Read more...]

Katy Perry video edited after Muslims charge blasphemy

Details from the BBC:  The video for Katy Perry’s track Dark Horse has been edited following claims from some Muslims it was blasphemous. More than 65,000 people signed a petition which stated the clip - featuring a pendant with the Arabic word for God on it being reduced to sand – was offensive. The music video has [Read More...]

Practicing “The Exsultet”? Try this.—UPDATED

Every year around this time, choir lofts and living rooms around the world echo with the unmistakable sound of deacons practicing the Easter Proclamation—a.k.a., “The Exsultet.” (You can always tell when it’s Lent around my house and I’ve started practicing; my wife makes herself scarce.) What also happens around this time of year is that [Read More...]

The singing nuns: sisters release followup to their blockbuster album

Will wonders never cease?  Details from the AP:  Eight times a day, a group of nuns files into a chapel in their rural northwest Missouri monastery to chant and worship. Quite unexpectedly, this private, prayerful pursuit has made the Benedictines of Mary a chart-topping recording industry curiosity. After being named Billboard’s No. 1 Classical Traditional [Read More...]

Wow: an Africanized “Let It Go” performed with children’s choir

This rendition of the award-winning song from “Frozen” is pretty fantastic—and not just because the kids in the choir all look like little deacons :-). Check it out. It’s Lexi Walker with the One Voice Children’s Choir, and they’re just great.  For my money, this is the version they should perform on the Oscars. [Read more...]

Ready for summer? Here.

A favorite moment from my favorite movie this winter. If you don’t want to, um, “let go” of winter just yet, you can also enjoy this. [Read more...]

Pete Seeger on a park bench, chatting with a Catholic reporter

Hearing about Pete Seeger’s death, those shrewd detectives over at CNS went ferreting through their files last week and found an unusual interview with the iconic singer from over 40 years ago. Carol Zimmerman explains: The story was part of a series titled “Dateline: U.S.A.” the news service was doing in those years. Seeger wasn’t a [Read More...]