Spirit and Song: Elvis Presley’s Lifelong Quest

I knew that Elvis's repertoire included some songs that were deeply spiritual.  I wrote about him two years ago, featuring one of those selections.But I didn't know, prior to reading Gary Tillery's The Seeker King: A Spiritual Biography of Elvis Presley, that Elvis was so immersed in the quest for God. I didn't know that faith played so large a role in Elvis' life and career, even to the last minutes of his life.But there, in the pages of this well-told story, I could see it:As a … [Read more...]

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Two Hymns I Will Not Sing

I love to sing at Mass.  Recalling an adage attributed to St. Augustine, I believe that he who sings, prays twice.From my vantage point in the third row, I want Jesus--waiting and listening from up there in the tabernacle--to hear my prayer; and so I sing loudly.(This is a problem when I'm surrounded by tight-lipped pewsitters.  I once carried a tune well; but following a throat infection years ago, I'm wont to drop a full octave here and there, especially on "D" notes.  It's em … [Read more...]

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Holland’s 9-Year-Old Diva Sings the “Ave Maria”

Nine-year-old Amira Willighagen became an Internet sensation in October 2013, when her rendition of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“O My Beloved Father”) captivated the audience at a live broadcast of “Holland’s Got Talent.”The little girl from Nijmegen decided to sing after her brother took violin lessons.  She told the judges, "My brother Vincent plays violin, and I also wanted to do something... So I thought, I'm going to sing… and then I heard opera songs, which I found very beautiful an … [Read more...]

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