Jazz for Jesus: Selections from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

I’m not the first to bring folks attention to the small “c” catholicity of Jazz. Hopefully, I won’t be the last. There may even be a big “C” version of it, which I will spotlight in future Music for Mondays posts over the next few weeks.

For this weeks MfM post though, I want to give you a taste of what Duke Ellington proclaimed to be “the most important thing I’ve done.” He composed and arranged three volumes of what he called “sacred concert music” and he performed, recorded, and released them as albums in 1965, 1968, and 1973. I reckon the Lord called him to share His story thorough the Duke’s musical talents before calling him home in 1974. [Read more...]

Because Jesus Haunts Us In Song (Music for Mondays)

Last year around this time for Eastertide, I started exploring Jesus in terms of popular culture through music. There were classical posts, and posts on polyphony, naturally. But there were also posts built around songs about the Lord through pop-rock songs, rhythm & blues, and country tunes as well.

Maybe it is an American phenomenon (though I hope not), but Jesus Christ haunts us. It’s like today he still asks of us, “who do the people say I am?” And then he still asks us individually, “and who do you say I am?” [Read more...]

Interested in Posts on Catholicism in China?

I’ve got those right here in the China tag. And I am truthfully being a man of little ado when I say that they are some of my favorite.posts.ever. [Read more...]

Dr. Estrangedlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Church UPDATED

 

The word is that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) may be coming back home to Rome after a long journey through the wilderness. If true, I think that it’s great news. [Read more...]

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Shakespeare and a Song


A truth about us as human beings is that we desire justice and not mercy. Yet we have been taught that God desires mercy. He said so himself. And today, Divine Mercy Sunday, we are reminded that Our Lord’s mercy is larger than not only all of our sins, but of all of the sins of the entire world. Past, present, and future. [Read more...]

Phil Collins Shares My Thoughts On Google+

FYI…I won’t be taking the time to post on Google+ any longer. Today’s change of format there prompted me, but it’s been simmering in my mind for a while. It’s like this, in a toe-tapping nutshell,

Because the lights may be on over at Google+, but nobody is at home.  There are plenty of crickets chirping over there, though. Google+  is like the neutron bomb of social media.  There, I said it.

Au revoir, l’enfant terrible!

Without Neil Young, Musical Jeremiads Like This…

wouldn’t have been made. Neil doesn’t use Jim Marshall’s amplifiers. They didn’t give him the same sound, the same gravitas, to move folks to acknowledge the truth that he sings about here. [Read more...]

Jim Marshall, Requiescat In Pace

Last week, we lost Earl Scruggs. Today, news of the passing of another giant of the music industry. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan on How the POTUS Broke Faith And Announced the HHS Mandate Was a “Fait Accompli”


Stop the presses, as this just came in from todays’ Wall Street Journal. A frank interview between James Taranto, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the HHS Mandate surprise attack. Perhaps “ambush” is a better description. You be the judge.

By JAMES TARANTO, New York

The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States. “I was deeply honored that he would call me and discuss these things with me,” says the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York. But when Archbishop Dolan tells me his account of their discussions of the ObamaCare birth-control mandate, Barack Obama sounds imperious and deceitful to me. [Read more...]

Earl Scruggs, Requescat In Pace

What is the happiest sounding instrument in the world? Hands down, my vote goes to the banjo. And one of the greatest players of the banjo of all time has been called home. Yes, we have lost Earl Scruggs, and I for one am saddened by this news. But not for long, see? Because Earl wouldn’t put up with me wearing the long face for too long.

The Associated Press relates the news to us as follows, [Read more...]