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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Music Tuesday: Like A Virgin by Sister Cristina

Sister Cristina Scuccia  is the Italian nun who won Italy’s version of a televised talent show, The Voice of Italy.  She is about to release an album, and a recording that has been preleased is Madonna’s classic song, “Like A Virgin.”  

You can find the original to compare on youtube, but here is Sister Cristina’s version.

Fantastic version. I never cared for the original, but Sister Cristina took an airhead song (sorry to those that really adore the original) and gave it real substance. And I'm not just talking about the added religious context. The arrangement itself, slowing it down and getting rid of that childish backbeat, gives it musical substance.  The change to mostly acoustic instruments, including a churchy piano, from the artificial and electric instruments in the original version, radically alters the song. That really adds to the context change and removes the airhead quality of the original.

God bless her.


  1. There seem to be plenty of naysayers over this, but I think it is fantastic. The video makes clear she is singing about God and the Church. It also brings to mind the verse, "to the pure, all things are pure." Plus she is a wonderful singer. :)

  2. This is nice. Almost makes you forget for a minute the piggish behavior Madonna displays, talented or not. What a waste.

  3. I don't understand the naysayers. I guess they're scope of musical appreciation is just pop music. Sister Cristina's version is by far superior. And you're right Jan. Piggish behavior to describe Madonna is an understatement.

  4. Wonderful version of a familiar song.

    God bless.

  5. I read some of the comments on Drew Mariani's post about the video. Many think that it is inappropriate for Sister Cristina to be doing any popular singing at all. To me, if her superiors have allowed, they must see a good purpose. Think Stan Fortuna.

  6. To be honest, "I" know nothing about this sister and where she's been at since this video and I'm wondering if some (like maybe Madonna) might have been interested in changing her past Godly direction... well YA know that some airhead, "I" mean there are some Democrats, "I" mean Them who believe in airhead songs and don't believe that Catholic sisters can always be faithful if they stray too far from their virginity nowadays... well some atheist actually believe that The Catholic Religion can be pretty talk sick, "I" mean can be a Toxic lie nowadays if they are not completely stopped... if you know what "I" mean and...

    END YA SAY sinner vic? BE NICE NOW!


    Go Figure? LOL :)

    God Bless

    1. LOL, oh Victor. There are airheads on all sides of politics. Actually, politicians/airheads, they are synonyms. ;)