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...]

RIP, Pete Seeger

The legendary troubadour, pacifist, folk icon and composer has died at 94. He left a huge imprint on American music; is there anyone living in America today who hasn’t heard “We Shall Overcome” or “Turn, Turn, Turn”? Read more of his life and work here. Of religion, he once said to an interviewer:  I feel [Read More...]

Best flash mob ever?

Well, this gets my vote.  And on a cold, icy miserable day here in New York, with the temperature falling and snow accumulation rising, this could warm even the iciest heart. Given what I slipped and slogged through on the way home tonight, I’m convinced the people here are doing this to just to keep [Read More...]

A familiar song, as you’ve never heard it before

You’ll recognize this tune a few notes into the first verse—but I don’t think you’ve ever heard the sentiments expressed quite like this. Beautiful and consoling.  Thanks to Paul Snatchko for sharing words we all need to hear every now and then. [Read more...]

“Do you know where I can get a CD of the new Exsultet?”

A deacon dropped me a note this morning with that question. I haven’t been able to find one, but a couple years back I posted a link to an mp3 recording.  This is the one I’ve used. Someone who is media-savvy can download it and burn a CD from it.  (Deacons: ask your kids!)   [Read More...]

Deacon, if you have nothing better to do between now and Sunday…

Start practicing: Music and dates are here.   Details: While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on December 25th, many of the important feasts of the Church year move, based upon the date that Easter is set. Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the “Paschal Full Moon,” and [Read More...]

A classic: “12 Days of Christmas” by Straight No Chaser

After the version by The Muppets (with John Denver), this remains my favorite.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

Christmas blessings to be counted…

One of those blessings remains this classic moment from “White Christmas.” It’s one of my favorite Christmas songs—and, in fact, it has nothing to do with Christmas. But it has everything to do with the spirit of this season, and the gifts we are given (and give) every day. Thank you, Irving. [Read more...]