Archive for the 'Music' Category

The Mere Melody

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

In thinking about why I am a bit uncomfortable with fundamentalist Christians, even though they share many of my theological convictions, an analogy occurred to me wherein the Christian faith is much like a symphonic piece, and the Fundamentalists, as well as a whole host of Evangelicals, are singing the basic melody, but are missing [...]

Take Me Into the Beautiful

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Did I wake up with new ears, or has there been an unusual outpouring of creativity in Christian worship music recently? Whatever the case may be, among the many bands that I have been YouTubing (can I make that a verb?), I would like to draw attention to one band, Cloverton, and particularly their song [...]

Hurt

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Brother Kevin sent me a link to a video of Johnny Cash’s cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt”, and I must say, Cash made the song his. Yes, I like Reznor’s version, but the song seems more poignant coming from one who at the end of his life is looking back at the empire he built [...]

Neil and the Boss Whip Their Hair

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Check this out. Jimmy Fallon does Neil Young, and is joined by Bruce Springsteen, who does himself, except its himself circa nineteen seventy-something, and they both sing “Whip My Hair”. What’s next? Jimmy Fallon does Eddie Vedder, who is joined by Chris Cornell, who does himself, and they both sing Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed”. [...]

Potential Deconstruction of a System

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Civilization and Its Discontents + The Noble Savage + a Dash of Eastern Philosophy + a dose of the Apocalyptic imagination + a few dashes of political consciousness, and a healthy dash of raising awareness regarding the Armenian Genocide x Singing characterized by great tonal range, operatic dynamics, and verbal gymnasitics with bouts of rapping [...]

God’s Own Fool

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

In my early adulthood, when I embraced The Faith as my own, one of the first musicians I encountered and appreciated was Michael Card. I did not know it at the time, but his music, and particularly his lyrics, deeply influenced my theological sensibilities. Michael possesses a strong talent for paradoxical reflection, a talent I [...]

Hothouse Flowers

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I first came across Hothouse Flowers on the Tonight Show back when Carson was the host. They did a rendition of “I Can See Clearly Now” that was soulful, subtle, and powerful, and from that time on I have been a fan. As a young man who loved to cruise the backroads of the Northern [...]

What Are You Missing?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Check out the following story from “Bits of Wisdom” about an experiment performed by the Washington Post regarding perception, beauty, and the tyranny of the urgent. ******* Something to think about…. Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. [...]

My Musical Evolution

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

I am responding to a challenge from Chris “Lefty” Brown to write about my musical evolution. Honestly, I don’t know how far I will go in chronicling this part of my life, as it could be quite lengthy and somewhat convoluted, but I thought I would at least share two memories that instantly came to [...]