Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pipes Are Calling

Tonight, the steady and I spent a lazy hour watching a new episode of "The Glee Project" on Oxygen. (Yes, it's a guilty pleasure.)

Near the end of the program, one of the young participants performed a rather unmemorable rendition of "Danny Boy."

Frustrated that such an amazing tune should receive a lackluster treatment, I'm posting another version here for this week's (quite late) "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend."

Cue the late great Eva Cassidy.


Flashback: St. Patrick's Day, 2010

Sunday, July 24, 2011

La Divina

On Tuesday evening, we attended a fine performance of the the Manhattan Theater Club's Broadway revival of "Master Class."

The 1995 play by Terrence McNally is a look of the legendary opera diva Maria Callas. The soprano is adeptly brought to life in the revival by the Emmy Award-winning actress Tyne Daly.

From The Economist's review: "Ms. Daly is excellent, revealing a Callas-like commitment to text and nuance that vividly evokes La Divina's real despair."

For this week's belated "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend," below is a clip of Callas singing the Puccini aria "O Mio Babbino Caro."


Bonus: Callas with a selection from "Carmen":

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tell Her Everyday

My old college buddy Alicia (who lives in the Los Angeles area) will be visiting the Big Apple this coming Monday to Wednesday. In fact, the steady and I will be hosting her at our pad in Washington Heights / Hudson Heights.

In preparation, I spent nearly all of Saturday cleaning and organizing. It's amazing how the impending arrival of company motivates cleanliness!

While I was cleaning, I listened to some podcasts to keep me company -- specifically, the Dating God podcast and Catholic in a Small Town.

In one CST installment from several months back, Katherine Barron spent some time talking about how she appreciates the lyrics of the Bruno Mars hit "Just The Way You Are."

So, for this week's "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend," below is that fine tune.


Bonus: A violin cover:

Saturday, July 09, 2011


This week's "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend" was suggested by my cousin, Luke Snatchko.

It's the catchy new Paul Simon tune "Rewrite."