“It’s not real: it’s Twitter”

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Yet another tempest in tweetcup exploded on Twitter yesterday after conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called out brain-dead fake-thug rapper “The Game” for his offensive album cover. The artwork depicts Jesus as a black gangsta type, mixing imagery of the Sacred Heart with typical thug-life iconography. It was offensive, and calculated to be so. It’s pure [Read More...]

Latin Hymns of Sublime Beauty

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At the end of my yawp against emotionally manipulative, phony, crass, pseudo-Christian pop culture, I linked to a clip from Beth Nielsen Chapman’s home-made album of traditional pre-Vatican II Latin hymns. A lot of people who should know about this album may not, so I wanted to give it it’s own post. Chapman is an extremely [Read More...]

“The Christmas Shoes” is The Worst Song Ever

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I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music. I don’t want to hear it until the day after Thanksgiving, and it must be gone by the time the tree is taken down, 12 days after Christmas. In between those two periods I have a few things I like well enough, such as: … as well [Read More...]

Truesound: Trying to Recreate the Original Baroque Organ Sound

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Europe has some 10,000 medieval and baroque organs. These monuments to the organ-makers’ art reflect the liturgical needs that gave rise to the organ. In order to be worthy for use in the liturgy, an instrument needed to be created which would use pipes and reeds to accompany and mimic the human voice. They’re also [Read More...]

The King is Dead

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Thirty-five years ago today, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century took his last ride in a long black limousine. Godspeed, Elvis. I hope you made it. In honor of the king I’m taking today off, so comment approval will be slow. Since most comments in the wake of the Augustine post have been of [Read More...]

Kitty Wells, RIP

One of the pioneers of country music passed away yesterday. You don’t hear much about Kitty Wells, but before Patsy, Loretta, Dolly, or any of the other great voices of country music, she was the first solo woman artist to have a number 1 country hit. The song was “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk [Read More...]

Happy Fourth From Fred

If, like me, you think every holiday is made better by Fred Astaire dancing and/or Bing Crosby singing, then you really need to see Holiday Inn. Here’s Fred’s explosive offering for the 4th, and a happy birthday to the US of A. (It’s the “of” that tells people you’re extra patriotic.) UPDATE: Sorry, embedding disabled. [Read More...]

Saturday Song — “The Lord’s Prayer”

In honor of Brian Wilson turning 70 this week, here’s a very neat clip of the Beach Boys doing their a cappella version of the Our Father, along with some interesting commentary from Carl. I’m sending this one out to Steven Greydanus, who needs a crash course in the BBs stat. And let’s not forget their lovely cry [Read More...]


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