Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This weeks Parish Media Liason Post

June 18, 2008
Make the Connection...using new media to strengthen your connection to faith!

Like music? I do! All kinds too. But I especially love music when it incorporates positive themes, God's abounding love and Church teaching!

Sounds boring? Ah, it's anything but! I have some great picks for you this week if you'd like to start filling your ears, mind and soul with music that supports and enriches your Catholic life!

EWTN's Backstage www.ewtn.com/series/Backstage/index.htm is a coffee house style program that features and a new artist each week. It's on at 11:30pm on Friday nights (you might want to DVR it!) on Charter Cable Channel 96.

www.catholicjukebox.com has several programs and a search engine to help you find music you'll like. They also have podcasts you can subscribe to for free. One called Catholic Rockers is hosted by Leominster's own George Leite!

Also www.topcatholicsongs.com is a website to help you find Catholic Artists of all genres. They've created some mixes of various artists on Itunes under Imixes. It's a great way to get a sample of each artists work and find more music you enjoy.

Want to go to a Christian Music Festival?
Check out http://www.thesoulfest.com/2008/ at Gunstock Mountain in Guilford, NH the July 30th to August 2nd! My favorite Catholic artist Matt Maher will be providing worship music for the daily Mass!!! The festival features both Catholic and non Catholic Christian artists.

Some artists to check out:
Hip Hop/Funk: Manuel3 www.manuel3.com
Rap: Fr Stan Fortuna www.francescoproductions.com
Folk/fun/kids: Popple www.popple.us Catholic Kids Worship (see itunes or www.independentbands.com)
Rock (think Fall Out Boy, Greenday, All American Rejects- style ): Last Day www.lastdayonline.com, Critical Mass www.catholicrock.com
Contemporary Catholic music you might hear Mary Pat play on Sunday's at teen mass: Tom Booth www.spiritandsong.com/artists/tombooth, Matt Maher www.mattmahermusic.com,
Country/bluegrass: www.mariebellet.com
Praise and worship (mellow): www.gretchen-harris.com

If you have questions or suggestions about "Make the Connection", feel free to contact me!
Peace of Christ to you!
Kerry Madden KMadden445@aol.com

1 comment:

GrapeVine is your one-stop connection to Catholic Music. said...

Hi Kerry,
Glad to see you promoting Catholic music. I know George Leite well and live only 45 minutes away in Grafton.

I thought you'd like to know about another site featuring news about Catholic music, plus podcasts and videos. It's called GrapeVine and it's found at www.gvonline.net. I edit this site.

Will you be going to the Proud2BCatholic festival on August 9th in Framingham?

Peace! Susan