Joseph Loposky loves all things music. The classically trained trumpeter enjoys playing music, talking about music, and, most of all, teaching music.
While there have been hundreds of songs written about fathers through the years, some have left a lasting impression because of how powerfully their lyrics honor the family patriarch.
Who would have ever imagined that a young barber from Canonsburg, a rural town in west-central Pennsylvania located about 20 miles from Pittsburgh, would ultimately become one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century?
In 1865 American poet William Ross Wallace published a poem celebrating motherhood entitled “What Rules the World.”
“Heaven Knows” that Ed Hokenson has written dozens of songs that major artists have recorded over the years, and he credits all of his success to his deep Catholic faith.
In a career climb that epitomizes that of a consummate public servant, Daniel Flynn has reached the top rung.
Johnny Cash’s faith would always take precedence over fame throughout his career. When he approached Sam Phillips at Sun Records in 1954, he introduced himself as “Johnny Cash, Gospel Singer…”
Going into the final stretch of The Tablet’s Covid Relieve Fundraiser for Catholic Schools this past week, Msgr. David Cassato — pastor of St. Athanasius-St. Dominic Church, vicar for Catholic Schools, and New York Police chaplain — encouraged students to sell their subscriptions in a series of short videos which were sent out to all the participating schools to share on their social media platforms.
Much like Thanksgiving, Easter does not have hundreds of songs to help commemorate the holiday. While there’s no “White Christmas” or “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” there is “Easter Parade” and “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” along with dozens of sacred songs that celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.
Many of the Irish ballads we are familiar with are derived from Irish and English ballads of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The lyrics are sometimes changed, while the melodies often remain the same. That’s why you will often hear folk singers adding new words to centuries-old songs.