Music

Righteous B

Who can ignore the juice and jurisdiction of rap music's influence on popular culture? In the last 5 years, hip-hop albums have dominated year-end sales, music awards, and radio stations. It's magnetism is manifest in everything from commercials, to fashion, to film stars. Hip-hop's powerful sway finds it's hand in all genres of modern music- from rock to country. And no matter how remote, rural, or suburban a place might seem - there are always traces of hip-hop influence to be found. Regretfully, in a culture of young people starving for hope and truth - most of hip hop's influence leaves this generation with hearts that are hungry. Yet, as a hip-hop junkie, [Righteous B](http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.asp?epk_id=19899) cherishes the channel where he can unleash the passionate, confrontational verses that charge his music. Read more »

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March Music Madness

March is all about college basketball... brackets, winners, close calls, excitement, pools and polls, and the occasional prayer that our team wins. Now it's time to stimulate your ears, your heart, and your faith with spiritandsong.com's [March Music Madness](http://www.spiritandsong.com/public/madness2005/index.php). They're starting with 64 of today's best songs by Catholic artists. Vote for your favorites. The winners will advance to the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four, and Championship. You can win spiritandsong.com music and merchandise too. Check it out!

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Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert A Success

On February 19, three St. Louis area Catholic bands coordinated with the Office of Youth Ministry, the Office of Stewardship and Development, and CBC High School to host [*More Than a Prayer*: A Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert](/node/887). Despite snow and sleet, over 300 people turned out to sing along to great contemporary Catholic music, worship God, and contribute to a very worthy cause. Through ticket, compilation CD, and T-shirt sales, nearly $7,000 was raised, all of which is going straight to the tsunami relief effort through Catholic Relief Services.

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Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert

As you know, the disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Asia and east Africa has called for a great relief effort from those of us who can help. A [recent article in the St. Louis Review](http://www.stlouisreview.com/article.php?id=7754) outlines the generous response of area Catholics to this invitation. However, the damage is monumental, and the need is still great.

Realizing this, three St. Louis area Catholic bands have coordinated with the Office of Youth Ministry, the Office of Stewardship and Development, and CBC High School to host a very special evening of music in an effort to raise money and help our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world. Read more »

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Culture & Cosmos

Important New Book Explores Problems for Children When Parents are Absent

Today's rock and rap music provides a telling picture of the damage and destruction caused by divorce according to a controversial new book that examines the negative ramifications absent parents have on their children.

In "Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes," Mary Eberstadt takes on familiar topics - day care, divorce and an overabundance of childhood Ritalin - but in a new way. Rather than looking at the long-term effects of single mother homes and institutional childcare, Eberstadt explores what kind of "immediate emotional experience" these things cause for children. Read more »

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GlennonSongs

The GlennonSongs Project is a musical project based almost entirely of St. Louis area musicians. The "core band" has eight members, but during the recording process we utilized the talents of over twenty other musicians. All of the proceeds go to Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital.

The recording process alone took about 150 hours. Additional mixing and mastering required another 80. It's worth noting that everyone gave freely of their time and talent to the record. Additionally there was an ever-present spirit of camaraderie during the sessions. Everyone knew we were focused upon a common goal. We all wanted to create the best CD possible. (How better to represent the care given by the hospital staff?) The sessions often ran into the wee hours of the morning. Quite a feat for folks who also have day jobs to hold down. Such is the power of believing in a cause (and the power of caffeine). Read more »

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