Art & Music

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‘Putin on the Ritz’

March 2014 update: Initially I posted this as entertainment. However, there’s nothing funny about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. —————————– Since November, I’ve been so extremely busy working on other people’s projects that my website has been stagnant. However, I laughed out loud when a friend posted something on Facebook: none other than “Putin on the […]

Happy birthday to Neil Diamond

Happy birthday to Neil Diamond! Today he’s 73. Thanks to Neil for his beautiful music and for being a class act. Long live Neil Diamond! Long live America!

YES ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’

Just because I like it. Brilliant lyrics. Jon Anderson’s great voice…

Answering Pope’s call, Catholic priest ‘takes to the streets’ with ‘Come My Way’ music video

CONTACT: George Goss, Media Assistant george@dominicanfriars.org Dominican Friars Province of Saint Joseph Dominican Foundation 141 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 BlackFriarFilms.org On Twitter @blackfriarfilms NEW YORK – BlackFriar Films, a branch of the Dominican Friars, Province of Saint Joseph, is echoing the call of Pope Francis for young Catholics to “stir things up” […]

‘Rain in the Summertime’ by The Alarm

Rainy summer? Keep the faith with an oldie by the The Alarm… Richard Fulco wrote about this “lost gem” on February 13, 2013 @ http://www.riffraf.net/2013/02/lost-gems-rain-in-the-summertime-by-the-alarm/

‘Coal Keeps the Lights On’ by Jimmy Rose

Fantastic. At the young age of 32, Jimmy Rose is a former coal miner and former U.S. Marine. God bless him, everyone who serves our country, coal miners and America. Here’s his audition for America’s Got Talent

‘America’s Got Talent’ when a Puerto Rican, a Korean & a New Yorker sing

Glorious for every reason. A Puerto Rican, a Korean and a New Yorker met online, named their group Forte, then auditioned for America’s Got Talent by singing in the language and poetry of the Catholic Church. God bless America

Thousands ‘rock’ Brooklyn at NET & St. Athanasius youth festival

BROOKLYN, NY – On Friday, over 3,000 people from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn packed the Bensonhurst neighborhood for a youth festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Athanasius Catholic Church. New Evangelization Television (NET) organized the festival and people of all ages came for free rides, games, food and drinks, plus live performances by Seri, […]

‘Happy Birthday’ by Flipsyde: Brave beautiful song

  Brave, beautiful and profound. “Happy Birthday” by Piper and Flipsyde… Piper on Twitter…

Steve Martin: ‘Atheists Don’t Have No Songs’

Ain’t it the truth? Enjoy…

Good Friday: NY judge tosses lawsuit over Sept. 11 steel cross

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit that sought to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s rubble, saying the artifact could help tell the story of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts in a ruling […]

Aha! The ‘Don’t Drone on Me’ meme

From http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3tb35c/

DOONBY: The Provocative Movie Screenings in Washington, DC

Truly provocative film. Go to one of these screenings if you can. Official invitation follows… President Obama’s second term. A new Congress. The March for Life. DOONBY: A provocative movie. Before and after the March for Life in Washington, DC, filmmaker Peter Mackenzie and NET TV present DOONBY – the mystical thriller about individual liberty. […]

Happy New Year! ‘I’m On My Way’

Happy New Year! Are you ready? How ’bout singing a happy classic by The Proclaimers? I know 2012 was a downer in many ways, but it’s time to begin anew. It begins with God, then me and you. “I’ll do my best “I’ll do my best “To do the best I can “Ah ha, ah […]

Kitty Cats’ Christmas by Leon Redbone

Can’t help it. As a lifelong lover of cats, current owner of 2 boys and feeder of 2 more feral girls, this is one of my favorite Christmas songs because it’s so true! No need to buy gifts for your kitties – they delight in crunchy paper bags, batting toilet paper rolls and sleeping in […]

Mixed emotions on the movie ‘Les Misérables’

Thanks to a friend and diehard “Les Miserables” fan, I saw the movie musical but have mixed emotions about it. Hugh Jackman is a fine Jean Valjean, but the Victor Hugo story is highly misleading on the French Revolutionaries; the musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, is mostly mediocre; […]

Ring Christmas bells, Jesus is King

Ring Christmas bells Merrily ring Tell all the world Jesus is King… Joy to the world! Glorious classics by the Ray Conniff Singers – music videos pre-dating MTV

What child is this? Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige

Wishing you the joy of my Savior, Christ. Here’s Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige singing my favorite Christmas song, minus the verse about His passion, but still… Click any Amazon widget on my site to get this duet on Andrea Bocelli’s album “My Christmas”

God rest ye merry gentle friends

One of the best music videos I’ve ever seen. Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson plays “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” …Merry Christmas and God rest you merry gentle friends, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day to save us all from Satan’s power when we […]

RIP Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz musician and total class act, passed away on December 5, a day before his 92nd birthday. Carl Olson over at The Catholic World Report did a great summary of the lovely obituaries from various newspapers @ http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/1790/requiescat_in_pace_dave_brubeck_jazz_giant_and_convert_to_catholicism_from_nothing.aspx And here’s a glorious PBS interview with Dave Brubeck, whose candor about his conversion […]

Collin Raye: ‘Never Gonna Stand for This’

Oct. 9 update : Collin Raye’s official music video is here! August 11, 2012 – Country music star and patriot Collin Raye has released a new song for the 2012 Election Year. Last December I interviewed Collin about his life and work, so Collin’s manager sent me “Never Gonna Stand for This” When I interviewed […]

President Obama, the thrill is gone

My little celebration of Gov. Mitt Romney’s debate performance last night. It’s also a little homage to President Obama’s supporters who admit the thrill is gone. You can get this duet by B.B. King and Luciano Pavarotti by clicking my Amazon widgets

Let the Day Begin

 We need something uplifting, so here’s  a sweet tribute to salt-of-the-earth people from Michael Been and The Call Rest in peace Michael Been. Born in Oklahoma City on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1950, he died in Belgium on August 19, 2010 while working as a sound engineer for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a band […]

Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

Wishing you a happy feast of the Triumph of the Cross! Remember what our Lord told Constantine the Great: “In hoc digno vinces” – “In this sign, you will conquer” Nice write-up about today’s feast @ http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2012-09-14 Artwork from http://www.holycrossmedford.org/images/iconography/Exaltation_Holy_Cross.jpg  

The Alarm is calling

More big hair and big music. Way back when, I first heard this song on The Alarm’s “Declaration” album. It’s got theological flair like “I Still Believe” by Michael Been and The Call. Both songs inspire me to fight the good fight, especially during this crucial election year. While there are no MP3 downloads from […]

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