Cardinal Ravasi: “Even If You Can’t Sing Well, Sing”

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SISTER CRISTINA WON!!! By now you've undoubtedly heard that Sister Cristina Scuccia, the talented nun whose performance on Italy's The Voice has garnered more than 51 million views on YouTube, is the season's big winner. Deacon Greg Kandra reported the story this morning over at The Deacon's Bench.   I wrote about her in March, when she belted out the Alicia Keyes song "No One" during the blind auditions for the show.  *     *     *     *     … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict, the Pianist

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One of the pleasures in which Pope Emeritus Benedict is said to indulge in his retirement is playing the piano. A skilled pianist, he was unable to spend much time at the keyboard during the years of his papacy.  Now, perhaps, he returns to that great love. A Redditor pointed out this video this morning.  (Click the link--for some reason, the video could not be embedded.) Besides being able to speak ten languages and fly a helicopter, the pope emeritus is at home in the music room. … [Read more...]

Simon and Garfunkel Sing “Benedictus”

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Raise your hand if you remember this:  Simon and Garfunkel's recording of the traditional hymn "Benedictus." This hymn is a selection from the duo's debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.  It was arranged by Art Garfunkel and recorded on March 31, 1964, which would have been shortly before the duo rose to international fame.   Paul Simon is featured on Tenor and Guitar, while Garfunkel is on Stand-Up Bass and Counter-Tenor. The text, in Latin, is benedictus qui venit in nomine … [Read more...]