Ear Worms: the sound track in my head

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Do tunes every get stuck in your ears? I call sticky tunes ear worms. Here are the worms traveling through air, time, and the culture right now that are pleasing to my ear. What are your ear worms? Hum (A Prius for Everyone)(Do you know who sings this?)Well, it's a nice idea. I'd like to think everyone could afford a Prius. But they are giving away this tune for free and it's stuck in my head via a Prius worm FireworkKaty PerryWhat a great song from the pop p … [Read more...]

Searching for Sugar Man

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  Music is the language of the soul and no one can ever know what a song means to another person never mind a nation.In  1967 a young Detroit man named Sixto Rodriguez recorded a single that led to an album in 1970, “Cold Fact”.  This son of Mexican immigrants, who came to the U.S. in the 1920s, had the soul of a poet who “took the agony and pain of life and transformed it.” After another album in 1971 the label dropped Rodriguez due to low sales.Rodriguez’ music mad … [Read more...]

American Idol Winner 2012 – A Prayer for Jessica

Jessica Sanchez had me when she channelled Whitney Houston in  "I will always love you". If you look at the uneven album records of the 17 American Idol winners and runner-ups only eight first place winners have released an album - though Carrie underwood and Kelly Clarkson have done well- there is one Oscar winner among the runner-ups and many of these have fared much better than first place winners. (Daughtry should have won - and I don't even like rock.) I think Jessica is amazing. Phillips … [Read more...]

The Voice 2012 – who will win? Jermaine Paul gets my vote!

What I love about "The Voice" - the blind auditions. What I don't like about "The Voice"  - The judges, especially Christina, turned snarky this season. The first season was so kind and nurturing to the singers. It takes such courage for them to perform as they do.I loved Katrina but she didn't make it.If you watch the performances of the final four, however, they were amazing. I love Chris Mann for singing "Ave Maria". But to me, Jermaine Paul stands out over and above. See what you think. … [Read more...]

American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez: when the whole world held its breath

If you ever doubt the power of music to transcend daily life, listen to Jessica Sanchez's rendition of  "And I Will Always Love You". Jessica channels Whitney and when she pauses just before she belts out "And I-I-I will always love you" I think the whole world held its breath. I did. I don't think I have EVER seen Randy Jackson so moved. Jennifer Lopez says, "God blesss you" and Steve Tyler tells Jessica: you just made 40 million people cry. Dolly Parton's little song ... Maybe "American Idol" … [Read more...]

American Idol: Go Crystal!

Crystal Bowersox has my vote to win American Idol 2010. She's got a wonderful, unique talent, and lots of heart and I could listen to her all day long.Lee Dewyze is very good, too, though he's not as consistent or at Crystal's level - yet.Their duet singing the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly" from the film ONCE, singled them out as the finalists and I just loved it. One of my favorite songs of recent years.I wasn't happy with American Idol this year; the singers really struggled and the … [Read more...]

What’s wrong with American Idol

First, what's right with American Idol this season: they discovered Crystal Bowersox.The ONCE duet last night was marvelous.What's wrong? There is supposed to be a way to answer this question on the American Idol website; I tried to register so I could post but it's really complicated so here is my answer: What's wrong with American Idol? Let me count the ways. Low voltage talent, insipid judging by people with limited vocabularies, two of whom who seem bored and ready to bolt; the show is … [Read more...]

Stations of the Cross: praying with today’s pop music

Every year Cornerstone Media releases a CD of the traditional Stations of the Cross complimented by a brief selection from a pop song that reflects the themes of prayer and life.  Actually, it comes with a whole kit of resources.I listened to this year's CD on the way home from the Religious Education Congress last Sunday. What a way to make holy the task of driving for an hour in Los Angeles traffic.As I listened and prayed I reflected on how catechisms and youth ministers, indeed anyone … [Read more...]

United Breaks Guitars or How to find justice through non-violence and art

This YouTube video is the hottest since Susan Boyle. I used it in my media literacy education class to show how people can achieve justice through non-violence and art.Dave Carroll, whose guitar United broke, made this statement after United Air Lines reached out to him to rectify the situation (after 2 days and over 150,000 hits on YouTube, now over 3 million in about 3 weeks). … [Read more...]

Michael Jackson R I P Heal the World

Remembering Michael Jackson. May he rest in peace.Today's "revivial, ceremony, concert" at the Staples Center in his memory Los Angeles is beautiful. I have never seen a funeral like it, and it seems totally consistent with Michael's image and life.Here it is HEAL THE WORLD!This is it. Now I am crying.This song is a meditation and a challenge.  Heal the WorldIn the light of Pope Benedict XVI's new encyclical, Charity in Truth , the song is even more meaningful. The Pope's encyclical … [Read more...]


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