Sister Cristina rocks the house with Mariah Carey’s “Hero”

She performed again a few days ago on Italy’s “The Voice.” As one of the judges noted, the song was a good choice for the singing nun, because it was about salvation. The lyrics: There’s a hero If you look inside your heart You don’t have to be afraid Of what you are There’s an [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...]

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...]

Flash mob, you had me at “Jesu”

I’m shamelessly stealing this from The Anchoress, who is right: I’m a sucker for this stuff. I haven’t seen any decent Christmas flash mobs this year. Until now. Right out of the gate, this one is sensational: heartfelt, surprising, and just thrilling.  I’m loving it. Just watch the Air Force Band redefine the flash mob [Read More...]

Deck the halls—and just see what four guys can do on one piano

These guys are apparently quite the sensation on the interwebs, but they’re new to me: The Piano Guys, four faithful Mormons who make amazing piano music.  Their latest: this lovely rendition of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” performed as you’ve never heard (or seen) before, with one piano making some amazing sounds. Just watch. [Read more...]

A “Tango Mass”?

Yes, there is such a thing. An Argentine composer introduced it a number of years back, but it’s gaining new life and new audiences, now that we have an Argentine pope. (It was played in concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City about 15 years ago.) Now it’s found its way to Rome. [Read More...]

Radio stations begin playing 24/7 Christmas music…NOW?!

This makes my head hurt:  For the past several years, Central New Yorkers have come to expect all-Christmas music to hit the radio on November 1.  This year, a new record — as of late Saturday night, October 5 — there are two FM frequencies where you can hear holiday hits around the clock.  ”Holly-FM” [Read More...]

Awesome: listen to this one-man choir

Behold: singer Sam Robson who, in multiple takes, created this stunningly beautiful a capella rendition of the hymn “I Need Thee, O I Need Thee.” [Read more...]

Restoration: bringing back a pipe organ in Brooklyn

Left, the Rev. Michael A. Perry, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge, sat at the organ with Joseph A. Vitacco III, the mastermind of the restoration. Photo by Bryan Thomas for the New York Times Here’s a great story from the In My Backyard Desk, courtesy the New York Times:  Joseph A. Vitacco III remembers [Read More...]

“You Are a Freak. But I Mean That in a Good Way…”

A jaw-dropping, forehead-slapping performance from “America’s Got Talent.” Folks, this has to be seen to be believed. [Read more...]


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