Here are my selections for the Catholic Media Promotion Day (CMPD).
I noticed that many of the participants in CMPD simply chose their favorite blogs, musicians, etc., and that, as a result, the selections many times overlapped with the most popular / well-known offerings in each category, as one might expect from a contest.
I chose a different approach. Wherever possible, I chose to surface artists/media that I considered not only the most deserving, but also the least known… the hidden gems, so to speak. After five years of living in Hollywood and rubbing shoulders with artists, I realized that being talented often does not translate into being well-known. I realized how much beauty was being fashioned that never made it to the big screen or to the airwaves. So this is my attempt to give a bit of attention where attention is due. Just to be clear, though: this is not an effort to be egalitarian, but to applaud the finest in craft.
In the movie Chariots of Fire, one of the athletes comments that “when I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” That, to me, is a fine description of what it means to truly discover one’s vocation. I imagine that each person / group that I have chosen knows something of what it means to feel God’s pleasure. (Or else God has chosen to give them a life patterned on the spiritual darkness of Mother Teresa of Calcutta…)
Bear with me over the next couple of weeks as I write posts about each of my choices. You’ll see a date next to each choice below when a post has been written about that person/media initiative.
All of the choices include at least a link to the home page or iTunes page for the selection.