Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

I am slowly deciphering some of the written materials left by the late Msgr. William J. Awalt. For review and comments, they are being posted at my BLOGGER PRIEST site.


Msgr. Awalt was the pastor of St. Ann’s Church in NW Washington , DC for just over 30 years, retiring in the year 2000. I was honored to preach at the Mass celebrating his 60th anniversary as a priest in 2007. His pastorate was marked by a deep devotion to the Eucharist and a never-ending preoccupation with preaching the Gospel and teaching the Catholic faith.

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There was a time when CATHOLIC and IRISH were almost synonyms. I guess that day is gone.

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I love this song by the Brotherhood of Man:

But sometimes, seeing how time changes us so quickly, makes me feel very old:

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August 29, 1958 to June 25, 2009


Life is short.  Michael Jackson and I were the SAME AGE.  We were of the same generation and yet in so many ways, very different.  It is said that he refused to grow up… I guess now he is timeless.  He was a flesh-and-blood Peter Pan.  Those who mocked him, will now feign support and praise.  Those who depended upon him will search out all the secret places where he might have hidden his wealth.  Those who loved him will weep.  And those who viewed him as a gifted but damaged human being will lament that we could not have done more to save him.  He feared dying young like Elvis Presley; but that is what has happened.  His family have lost a son, a brother and a father.  I will never forget the first time I saw him with his brothers on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Years later, he amazed me on the Motown Special as a dancing and singing wizard.  How did he really do that Moondance?  Goodbye, MJ.  You confused and upset and entertained us. 

May you know God’s mercy.

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OBAMIAN RAPSODY – This is pro-Obama, I think?

THE OBAMA SONG – Hum, is this guy on drugs?

BARACK OBAMA JOKES – Peculiar, why does he have trouble telling jokes?

TWO TRILLION BUCKS – Okay, this one is nasty, but creative?

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Very creative!

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Each version on the song and of course the videos have a message. What is your favorite? Beware, the one with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is connected to a film which reminds us that the true dream is not Oz but Kansas: for many, this world is the nightmare!

Judy Garland  (classic!)

Rufus Wainwright (interesting voice!)

Jane Monheit (one of my favorites!)

Eva Cassidy (miss her terribly!)

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (big guys can do it!)

Connie Talbot (little girl with lots of talent!)

Sam Harris (a winning voice!)

Mormon Tabernacle Choir (like a prayer!)

Celtic Woman (quite sweet!)

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This concert was at the Lincoln Memorial. Isn’t U2 and Irish group?

A lot of entertainers came out to celebrate!

The prophet that was shot down and the promise that would not die.

The fulfillment of the promise, only for some or for all…

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a REPUBLICAN and PRO-LIFE???

Farnces Rice writes: “It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.”


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Yes, and in honor of the president-elect’s victory, here is a great little Christmas music video (furthering his theme of HOPE) and which features a few seconds of my favorite president:  (Weird Al’s IT’S CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO)


This posting is in honor of whoever gave me an OBAMA CHRISTMAS CARD.



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This is just way too cool!

Wow, this thing has really gone crazy with the viewers.

This house really does exist and nothing you see in the video is trickery.

This display was the work of Carson Williams, a Mason, Ohio, electrical engineer who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that controlled the 16,000 Christmas lights in his annual holiday lighting spectacular (from Christmas 2004). His 2005 display includes over 25,000 lights that he spent nearly two months and $10,000 to hook up. So that the Williams’ neighbors aren’t disturbed by constant noise, viewers driving by the house are informed by signs to tune in to a signal broadcast over a low-power FM radio station to hear the musical accompaniment.

Carson’s Christmas display proved so popular that it was featured in a Miller Lite beer commercial in December 2005.

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The legendary THREE KINGS pose for us in all their glory; and yet they come with gifts for a far greater king:


Here is the closing song to the Children’s Christmas program at Holy Family Church on December 24 at 6:30 PM:

It was the Christ-story told from the perspective of a mouse.

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