Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

Sweet Story. Fred Stobaugh, a 96-year-old man from Peoria, Illinois has quickly become the latest viral video sensation. Stobaugh entered a singer-songwriter competition hosted this summer by a local recording studio, Green Shoe Studio. Although entries were supposed to be uploaded to YouTube for submission, Stobaugh read about the contest in the newspaper and went the old-fashioned route and mailed in a hand-written copy of a song he wrote in dedication to his wife of 72 years, Lorraine, who passed away in April…While Stobaugh didn’t win the competition, he won the hearts of those running the contest and many, many Americans. The studio brought Stobaugh in to record his touching “Sweet Lorraine,” and the video and mini-documentary has attracted more than one million hits on YouTube and is available for purchase on iTunes. (More @ Fox News)

Chart-topping Sisters. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist’s debut CD, Mater Eucharistiae, continues to captivate music fans across the country, landing the No. 1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Overall and Classical Traditional Charts, No. 75 spot on the Top 200 Overall Chart, No. 2 spot on the Christian (contemporary) Chart and No. 3 spot on the Christian (gospel) ChartMater Eucharistiae was produced by Blanton Alspaugh, the 2013 Grammy Award-winning Classical Producer of the Year, for De Montfort Music and Decca Records.
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 Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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