Young Nun Singing on The Voice; Says “God Doesn’t Take Anything Away from Us” [VIDEO]

A cute young nun, Sister Cristina, auditions for the Italian version of The Voice, singing an Alicia Keys song. Of course comes the stupid question, “What does the Vatican have to say about your auditioning for The Voice?” Her perfect response (translated into English): “[Pope Francis] always says we should go out and evangelize telling people that God doesn’t take anything away from us but will give us more.” Watch the video… [Read more…]

Amanda Palmer nails what’s wrong with Sinead O’Conner’s comments on Miley Cyrus

Sinead O’Conner “open letter” to Miley Cyrus bothered me with its assertion that the world is a dark dangerous place where women should hide their sexuality. The great Amanda Palmer puts words to my unease and as a currently-relevant female musician and a brilliant articulate pro-sex feminist, has a right and a standing that I could never have on the subject. [Read more…]

Join Me at Wild Goose This Week! — spirituality, great music, social justice and amazing fellowship

I’ll be presenting a session at Wild Goose near Asheville, North Carolina this Saturday on meditation for Christians. Join me and take part in this amazing festival “at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music, and art.” In other words, great music, inspiring presentations and amazing fellowship. Discount tickets here. [Read more…]

Amazing Grace Played on Theramins Encased in Russian Dolls [VIDEO]

Is this version of Amazing Grace played on theramins encased in russian dolls a loving rendition or a postmodern farce? I’m not sure, but it is beautiful in its way. What do you think? [Read more…]

“A person who sings prays twice”

St. Augustine is credited with saying, “A person who sings prays twice.” Beautiful music itself is prayer, and when wedded to words of praise the result is a foretaste of the new Earth to come… [Read more…]

Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor

My favorite recording of my favorite piece of music: Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor. [Read more…]

Merry Christmas, Baby — from Christina Aguilera and me [VIDEO]

Here’s an early Christmas gift for you: the best voice in popular music, Christina Aguilera, with the most amazing vocal of her career, and it’s a Christmas song! Whether you like pop or not, you will love this. [VIDEO] [Read more…]

A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria sung by Jewel

A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria sung by Jewel — not a Christmas carol but widely adopted into the holiday sacred music repertoire. [Read more…]

Musical paths — from Lisa Stansfield to Sneaker Pimps [VIDEOS]

Join me on the musical journey (with videos) my brain went through in 30 minutes or so from Lisa Stansfield to the Sneaker Pimps. Is this music-nerdiness? Yes, but I find the connections music makes fascinating and beautiful. Hopefully a few of you will appreciate that, or at least enjoy the music. [Read more…]

Advent — O come, O come, Emmanuel

“O come, O come, Emmanuel” is the Advent song. Here’s a little about its history and beauty and two wonderful versions — a video clip of Sugarland and an audio clip of Emily Scott with guidance for song leaders. [Read more…]