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Gaudete! And let’s break out a carol or two…

posted by jmcgee

“Gesu Bambino,” anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy.

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What the world has been waiting for: a Hanukkah carol

posted by jmcgee

This is causing quite a sensation around the internets … take a look. And, of course, Happy Hanukkah, y’all!

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Don’t let the light go out

posted by jmcgee

Hanukkah began last night — and this morning after, the Church is reflecting on four lights that were extinguished 30 years ago in El Salvador.  So, a reminder from the troubadours below, to all of us people of faith: don’t […]

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“When wilt thou save the people?”

posted by jmcgee

A classic Advent scene, from out of a time capsule: the opening moments of the movie “Godspell,” from 1973, featuring a very young Victor Garber, long before he was on the Titanic.

How to Handel a crowded food court

posted by jmcgee

Flash mob strikes again! This time, in a shopping mall food court. Hallelujah! H/T Fr. Steve

Susan Boyle’s first music video: “Perfect Day”

posted by jmcgee

The other day, I posted on the new Christmas album by Susan Boyle. Now comes the release of what’s billed as her first video, an ethereal choral interpretation of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”. (For comparison, check out the original. Very […]

Susan Boyle’s “The Gift”

posted by jmcgee

A recently released promotional video for her upcoming Christmas album, due out next week.

Justin Bieber: “I believe Jesus died on a cross for my sins”

posted by jmcgee

“Hollywood is … a scary place. There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of bad things, but there’s also a lot of good things. I’m able to live my dream, I’m able to do a lot of good things. […]

“Alice Dancing Under the Gallows”: a story the world needs to see

posted by jmcgee

That’s the title of a new documentary, about the world’s oldest holocaust survivor. The trailer is below. Here is grace, dignity, courage and hope, summed up so beautifully in her simple creed: “Music is God.”

“When October goes…”

posted by jmcgee

For the last day of the month: what may arguably be Barry Manilow’s best song (or, at least, my own personal favorite), set to a gorgeous lyric by the legendary Johnny Mercer. The Wikipedia entry on this song says: In […]

“Make me a channel of your peace…”

posted by jmcgee

For this feast of St. Francis of Assisi: here’s that beloved hymn, sung before what may well have been its largest audience ever, a worldwide congregation of tens of millions, for the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997.  (Footnote: yes, […]

A joyful noise: kids sing Gregorian chant

posted by jmcgee

And beautifully, I might add. H/T The Anchoress.

Our Lady of Sorrows

posted by jmcgee

Image: “The Holy Virgin in Old Age” by James Tissot Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold?  Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, she beheld her tender Child All with bloody scourges rent. For […]

The way we were: the Twin Towers before 9/11

posted by jmcgee

This video archive shows what would become Ground Zero long before it was a target — and captures the sweet banality of life in the World Trade Center. There’s something inexplicably haunting and poignant about it all. For another spin […]

“Where the streets have no name…”

posted by jmcgee

Ahead of the anniversary of 9/11, this remains one of the most powerful tributes. It never fails to move me, no matter how many times I’ve seen it:. the stunning performance by Bono and U2 at the 2002 Super Bowl […]

Can’t get that song out of your head?

posted by jmcgee

Help is here. A couple minutes with this website and you’ll be good as new. You can thank me later.  (Excuse me now.  I need to do the Macarena…) 

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Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy. ...

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