Art & Music

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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’

Published and argued at CatholicLane 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 […]

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. Click here to get this beautiful Christmas carol or browse more selections.

Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige singing ‘What Child Is This?’

William Chatterton Dix wrote the lyrics to “What Child Is This?” He was an insurance agent and he wasn’t defined by his profession.

RIP Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz musician and total class act, passed away on December 5, 2012, a day before his 92nd birthday. Here’s a glorious PBS interview with Dave Brubeck, whose candor about his conversion to the Catholic religion is sweet and funny. Click here for Catholic World Report’s summary of the lovely obituaries from various […]

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 Collin, […]

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 here

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 […]

‘Runaway Slave’ movie theme song

Here’s the music video to Rev. C.L. Bryant’s movie “Runaway Slave.” Jack Spade sings and it  includes some scenes and people  featured in the film. You can get it by clicking on one of my Amazon links… Click here for my story on Rev. Bryant and “Runaway Slave”

Uprising by Muse

Yeah, I like this song. Great music for the Election Year…I just hope it’s not some theme for the Marxist uprisings like OWS. Look to the right column and click on a widget to get it from Amazon -> Okay, “Sing for Absolution” – another song of angst – added for Taif

Flower Duet by Aliqua

One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups. I highly recommend both of their albums “Aliqua” and “All I Want.” They are on indefinite hiatus, but I hope they reunite! Click on any of my Amazon links to get their music. See more about Aliqua at http://www.aliqua.com/#!

Blind singer *is* The Voice Australia

Another wow and tearjerker. Blind Rachael Leahcar (@rachaeleahcar) auditions for The Voice Australia singing the Edith Piaf classic “La Vie En Rose.” I just wish she could see Keith Urban’s face

Amateurs wow Britain with ‘The Prayer’

“Opera meets pop when 17-year-old Jonathan and 16-year-old Charlotte sing together. But can the duo convince Britain’s Got Talent Judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon they’ve got what it takes to wow the nation?” So goes the intro by BGT on YouTube. I say YES! And the pros who made this […]

Johnny Cash for Lent

This first Sunday of Lent 2012 is also Johnny Cash’s birthday. He was born February 26, 1932 and entered eternity on September 12, 2003. In honor of him and the LORD he loved, I’m featuring Johnny’s killer version of the Trent Reznor song “Hurt” – my all-time favorite music video. “Hurt” is on Johnny Cash’s […]

Controversial John Paul II statue will get makeover

By David Kerr The statue of Bl. John Paul II that stands outside of Rome’s Termini train station Rome, Italy, Jan 10, 2012 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The much criticized 12-foot bronze sculpture of Blessed John Paul II that stands outside of Rome’s main train station will be revamped. “I made a design for the […]

Collin Raye: This is who I am

MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH Top country singer: This is who I am ‘My fans have responded with great support’ Posted: December 29, 2011 12:20 am Eastern By Anita Crane © 2011 WND Country music star Collin Raye doesn’t just sing his heart out, he also wears his heart on his sleeve. As spokesman for the Terri […]

God rest ye merry gentle friends

This is 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 […]

Who is Saint Nicholas?

December 6: Happy feast of Saint Nicholas! Saint Nicholas, protector of children, pray for all children of God, especially His most vulnerable pre-born little ones.

Singer Landau Murphy: Literally from rags to riches

I’m not a talent show watcher, but my friend Burke Allen is now one of Landau Eugene Murphy’s managers. The story is best told by Landau’s audition for America’s Got Talent and his music video, both below. Landau’s on tour right now and his first album, “That’s Life” – covering Frank Sinatra classics, launches on […]

Disabled orphan Emmanuel inspires X Factor judges

17-year-old Emmanuel Kelly, born in Iraq and found in a shoebox with his brother, is quite inspiring. I wish he chose a better song than John Lennon’s “Imagine,” but get your tissues anyway – because this is all about love. Emmanuel says he was found by nuns, so I suppose they were Catholic nuns. Thank […]

Money – that’s what we want

Yeah, yeah. Money will be the No. 1 issue for most Americans when we vote in 2012, so this song  “Money (That’s What I Want)” came to mind. It was written by Motown founder Berry Gordy with Janie Bradford and Barrett Strong’s recording became a 1959 hit. Twenty years later, the Flying Lizards covered it […]

Move over Gaga: Sade is back

JLo. Beyonce. Gaga. Move over. 52-year-old Sade is back to sing AND dance with class

John Stamos, Beach Boys rock for Terri Schiavo network

Actor and musician John Stamos will join the Beach Boys as guest drummer during the June 12 performance at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio. The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is delighted to announce that John Stamos will be joining the Beach Boys for the 2nd annual Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Concert […]

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