7 quick takes: El, El, El

— 1 —

This is my latest obsession:

It’s the Spanish version of Rupert Holmes’ underrated “Him”–it’s tough to get another hit taken seriously after you’ve released “Escape (The Piña Colada Song).” This is the Rupert Holmes version:

The Spanish version is more of a novelty version; the Rupert Holmes version better captures the emotion of the song. But perhaps because it’s in Spanish, I’m listening to that version more often.

— 2 —

In December, I believe I will be setting a record for the number of Masses I’ve played in one month: I’m currently scheduled for 25. Yikes. I’m going to be busy. This includes 12/8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, where I’ll be playing a Mass at 10 a.m., doing Spanish practice at noon, doing kids’ practice at 1 p.m., and playing Masses at 4 and 7 p.m. I might be tired by the end of that day.

— 3 —

Things are going well with the kids’ choir I formed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve so far. They’re learning three songs: one in English, one in Spanish, and one in both. This isn’t an issue, since most of the kids speak both languages (a couple don’t speak English). They’ll be singing “Table of Plenty,” “Demos Gracias al Señor,” and “This Is the Day,” both in an English and Spanish translation.

— 4 —

I asked myself last week whether Bishop Jenky of Peoria knew what he was doing. And I’ve come to the conclusion that, pragmatically speaking, he took the wrong approach. (FWIW, Russell Shaw floated this idea as well.) So next time, lay out the principles. But no more saying a candidate or party violates them, OK? You have an obligation to give us Church teaching. Don’t risk your credibility by pushing into things you don’t know as well.

— 5 —

I much prefer Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s approach. Cordial, kind, but Mr. President, you’re on notice; we’re keeping up our opposition when you’re wrong. (But we will praise you when you’re right.) The next four years will be very interesting; here’s hoping Cardinal Dolan will succeed in protecting the Church.

— 6 —

Back to Church music: I am thrilled we’re doing “Festival Canticle” (which is one of my favorites) on the Feast of Christ the King at my main parish. But I prepared a series of much quieter stuff for Advent, such as “Patience, People.” And we’re doing chant again. I like chant.

— 7 —

Please keep in your prayers Jeannie Hayes, a Rockford news anchor who was a couple years ahead of me in college. I didn’t know her, but I knew of her; she died Thursday after a short battle with leukemia. How short? She was sick Monday, diagnosed Tuesday, in surgery on Wednesday, and dead on Thursday. She was only 29. I’m 27. That’s scary and shocking. May she rest in peace.

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