Mark your calendars, the feast of Saint Andrew is the release date for Pope Benedict’s album. The focus will be on songs about the Blessed Mother. One song will feature the Holy Father himself singing. But a question: what about his piano playing? Imagine Pope Benedict and his brother doing some piano four-hands on something. (I don’t think Mozart composed anything with that arrangement, though.)
Geffen’s Colin Barlow:
We travelled to Rome, heard some of the music and realised it was a beautiful piece of music and something that actually could be an incredible record for us to work on.
It’s very much about delivering a really brilliant piece of music and making sure we treat it with the respect it deserves.
I’ll repeat what I blogged earlier. Albums have jumped the shark. If the pope wants to make a splash, they would have done better to record whatever they wanted to record, then make it available on the Vatican web site. Why? Lots of reasons. They could sell the downloads and completely cut out the corporate side. If the Eagles and Foreigner can do it, Pope Benedict, with his worldwide popularity, could certainly do it.
Consider also that the Vatican could have controlled the internet presentation, added bonus material: catechetical messages, extra prayers, music played by the pope and his brother, or even asked people for a prayer commitment or a donation to a charity.
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