Some of you may not know this, but I’m a HUGE Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit fan. Yes, the sequel to Whoopi Goldberg’s nun-in-hiding film is a killer urban tale of her return to the nun squad, this time to teach in a troubled San Francisco high school. One of its students is Lauryn Hill. And back in ‘93, she was pure, raw talent. Watching her is like watching a unicorn run over a rainbow – it’s a magical moment in pop history when she wasn’t popping out babies and hating white people. Anyway, there’s this:
So you could imagine a little bit of the sentimentality I carry with the song. Watching Hill sing it in SA2 is one of the most inspiring moments of the film, and hell, of the ’90s. However, Active Child has the voice of an angel and his unique blend of modern dance beats, spare electronic production and his ghostly, Godly voice always yields breathtaking results. This one’s no exception (you just gotta click on that SoundCloud link, ya heard?). Dropped yesterday, the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale alum hits the nail on the head in this three-minute meditation perfect for your 2013 serenity.
Religious or not, the song’s a classic that’s been done by pop singers throughout time. It’s just as exciting to hear it come from Philly’s own Pat Grossi.