Next Up From Pope Francis? An Album, of Course

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Next Up From Pope Francis? An Album, of Course.

Usually the tour comes after the album. With Pope Francis on a historic visit to the United States, His Holiness is planning to spread his message of hope, faith and unity with the rock-tinged material.Reports that a progressive rock album featuring Pope Francis doesn’t mean the pontiff is fronting a reunion of ‘70s prog-rock stalwarts Gentle Giant or UFO. For Pope Francis, however, it’s the other way around: He is scheduled to release an album, “Wake Up!,” on Nov. 27, following his whirlwind United States trip, during which he has been greeted by hundreds of thousands of well-wishers. Approved by the Vatican, the album is a collaboration with Believe Digital and features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his “most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant”.

On this, his debut single, Pope Francis – or Jorge Mario Bergoglio, if you’re not into his Lana Del-Rey style moniker – delivers an emotional, rallying cry as reverb-laden guitar gives way to an epic brass section. Extracts from speeches that Pope Francis has made from the day he was elected March 13, 2013, through early this year, most of them in Italian and Spanish, but also some in English and Portuguese, are set to music from composers who include Giorgio Kriegsch, Tony Pagliuca, Mite Balduzzi, Giuseppe Dati, Lorenzo Piscopo and Dino Doni. “The album’s tracks range from pop to rock, from Latin music to Gregorian chants, and represent a harmonic link between tradition and modernism,” according to an announcement about the album. “Can you imagine the [media] pitch?!” a veteran music publicist wrote on Facebook this week. “’I’m following up to see if you’ve had a chance to check out the Pope’s new album. That’s right, the man widely regarded as the chillest Pope in history (he’s still pretty illiberal by normal person standards but in Pope terms you’re looking at James Dean sipping mai tai’s with The Big Lebowski), who graced the cover of Rolling Stone in 2014 and was reportedly once a nightclub bouncer, is now releasing a rock album with producer Don Giulio Neroni. Forward! features Pope Francis addressing a South Korean audience in English last year amid “atmospheric synths, trumpeting horns and skyscraping electric guitars reminiscent of Godspeed You! Forward!,” features reverberating electric guitars and pounding drum fills and is a call to action, as Francis says, “No one who sleeps can sing, dance or rejoice.” His speech is followed by a sung heavy rock melody.

The Pope can be heard saying, “Wake up, wake up / The Lord speaks of a responsibility that the Lord gives you / It is a duty to be vigilant / Not to allow the pressures, the temptations and the sins to dull our sensibility of the beauty of holiness.” On Wake Up!, Pope Francis speaks to the listener in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese over 11 tracks to address issues like peace, dignity, environmental concerns and helping those most in need. The Argentinean-born Pope Francis, speaking to the US Congress last week, asked the leaders of the most powerful and wealthiest nation to mend the “open wounds” of a planet ripped apart by hate, poverty, weapons and climate change. “I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship, a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost,” the Pope told Congress. “At the same time, I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Chuck Gaidica, who left his longtime weathercasting job at the station last year, and Tati Amare, a newcomer to Detroit, will debut as the new faces of “Live in the D” on Monday. Anyway, the song and some of the album was composed by Italian musician Tony Pagliuca, who was in a barnstorming ‘70s prog rock band called Le Orme.

Pope Benedict XVI released an album, “Alma Mater,” in 2009 that included his own singing voice. “As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality,” Mr. Its opening is a slow-burn, a tease of minimal organ keys and building guitar notes that spirals into a cacophony of noise, which then slides away as the Pope (Peezy?

Expect a faster-paced hour of lifestyle and entertainment, plus these treats for the first week: $500 giveaways every day, a live appearance by comedian Margaret Cho, ballroom dancing Motown-style, free concert tickets and cooking hacks (we’re thinking online tips instead of substandard chefs?). Pizzy?) tells the reader to “Wake up!”, sounding like those bits in Libertines songs where Pete says something like “Let me go!’ or “You stupid fucking idiot!” The speech, given in South Korea last year, is then superseded by Pagluica’s heartfelt crooning.

Three hours of “Today” will air before it, and Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will follow it at 11 a.m. weekdays with the fourth hour of “Today.” They’ve already called Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts, so it only make sense to add Sigourney Weaver to the list. According to a source close to the production, the actress made an appearance on the set of the “Ghostbusters” reboot during the final week of shooting in New York City and will have a small part in the movie. Still, picture Pagliuca, Neroni and Peezy, 12 hours deep into their studio time, surrounded by Rizlas and empty biscuit tins, like the ballers they are. Peter Venkman’s love interest, considering Murray won’t be returning as that original character in the all-new film, which stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Maybe I could play that ancient librarian.” A judge on Friday approved Jenner’s request to formally change her name and gender, marking another milestone in the Olympic gold medalist’s public transition as a transgender woman. Remini’s book will chronicle her indoctrination into the church at age 10 with her mother and sister, and how her rise to Hollywood stardom grew “increasingly intertwined” with promoting Scientology.

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