The Franciscan Sisters write…

Back to World Youth Day in Rio, and ahead to the Year of Faith’s conclusion, the Franciscan Sisters offer “Open the Door”, a collaborative song featuring Latin American and U.S. musicians. A free download at www.fscc-calledtobe.org  (As Pope Francis said during the WYD Final Mass  “There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to [Read More...]

Been Listening to Bruce Cockburn Lately

I always loved him, particularly Dancing in the Dragons Jaws, which always takes me back to a particular late spring in north Seattle during my college days, and Sunwheel Dance, one of the most joyous albums he ever made, where even the autumnal melancholy that infuses this: is happy. Also, there is the wonderful Christian [Read More...]

Another Thing Chesterton Would Like…

…is the phenomenon of Indie Music.  Sure, he wouldn’t like most of the music itself (he wasn’t even keen on early jazz and, in fact, didn’t care much for J.S. Bach, which I find inexplicable).  But the idea of musicians making their own music and marketing it on the web directly rather than going through [Read More...]

A Lovely Moment from “America’s Got Talent”

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Seminarian makes a Music Video

He writes: My name is Alvaro Vega and I’m a seminarian in my second year of theology, studying for the Archdiocese of Miami at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Florida. It is with great joy that I share with you the music video for “iBelieve,” a hip-hop song I wrote/produced/performed that proclaims faith [Read More...]

The Maccabeats are Fun

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More Dominican Awesomeness

Dominican Sisters of Mary hold the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart for seventh consecutive week The sounds of Mater Eucharistiae opening hearts and minds to heaven  ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2013 – The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist’s debut CD, MATER EUCHARISTIAE, has quickly become a bestselling album that shows no [Read More...]

Because I Can and You Are Powerless to Stop Me!!!!

MUUUUUUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! [Read more...]

Well done, Sinead O’Connor

I’ve never paid much attention to Sinead O’Connor.  I’m one of those people who sort of stopped paying attention to pop music somewhere around 1983.  No time.  I was dimly aware that she ripped up a picture of JPII and also dimly aware that she apologized for that and, if memory serves, went for some [Read More...]

Attention Jonathan Coulton Lovers!

Somebody is trying to turn the music of Jonathan Coulton into a musical and has started a Kickstarter page to get it off the ground.  A worthy effort. [Read more...]

Hey Portlandia, OR! Go Hear Chris Thile tonight!

He was here in Seattle yesterday and gave a *fantastic* show.  It was just him and his mandolin, plus a generous helping of J.S. Bach and an eclectic mix of his own compositions, Civil War tunes and other wonderful music.  You just felt the joy as he played.  A delightful experience.  And can that boy [Read More...]

Brad Birzer writes…

Mark, much to my delight, one of my favorite musicians–Roine Stolt (Swede) of the Flower Kings, Transatlantic, and Agent of Mercy–just reposted your paragraph on distributism twice. Very, very cool! Long live Catholic Prog Rock! I hate to say it, but I’ve never heard of these bands. I’m happy, however, to find that Chesterton is [Read More...]


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