Tuesday, May 27, 2014


What do you give a bonafide screen legend on his 92nd birthday? How about an album release date? By the time this post is actually up (it’s been a long busy weekend), digital stores everywhere should be offering the new EP from Sir Christopher Lee entitled Metal Knight, a concept album based around the character of Don Quixote. Here’s a sneak peek…

Christopher Lee belting out My Way? Why not! Besides, it certainly fits in with his take on the iconic character. “As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know.” Lee is quoted as saying, “Single-handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences. It is a wonderful character to sing.”

Such an interpretation of Quixote might just appeal to Fr. Dwight Longenecker, who finds in the fictional character a role model of sorts for Catholics. He writes

“How can we evangelize such a people? I believe the only way is through radical discipleship. The world needs to see today, what the pagan world saw in the early Christians. They need to see radiant, courageous, joyful and uncompromising Catholics. They need to see and hear such Catholics who will stand up and fight for the truth with the zeal and good humor of the martyrs… These Catholics will march forward with full knowledge that the world thinks them fools. They will be Don Quixote Catholics–tilting at windmills, reading the old books, wearing a bedpan for a helmet and brandishing as a sword the Scriptures and as a dagger the Catechism. The will defend the weak, support the poor and love the sinner. That kind of  Quixote Catholicism will Evangelize the West and nothing else.”

How about that? From Count Dracula to heavy metal music to Don Quixote to Fr. Dwight Longenecker. I’ve gotta say, getting to make connections like that are one the reasons I write this blog.

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