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

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

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 …Read More

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.

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

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 …Read More

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

“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. …Read More

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.”

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 …Read More