Archives For Music

 

Over the last year, we have done a number of features on our favorite holiday music…

We recap these all for your listening pleasure in Advent, and the coming Christmas season!

Advent Music – A Playlist for the Season of Waiting

Rain for Roots, Josh Garrels, Tom Petty, Over the Rhine, MORE
Includes a Spotify playlist for streaming…

 
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Hailing from Cincinnati, Over The Rhine has been making some of the finest music around for over a quarter century…

 
OTR has especially made a name for themselves for with their annual Christmas tour, which they have been doing for almost two decades.
 

To liven up your holidays, here are three superb Christmas shows (from three different tours) that you can stream or download for FREE (via Archive.org)…

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Too often in our consumer culture, we jump over the season Advent and straight into Christmas. It is especially easy for us to do so with the holiday music to which we listen.

As we prepare for the beginning of Advent on Sunday, we offer this playlist of Advent-themed songs. Some of these are were not necessarily written as Advent songs, but they wrestle with vital themes of the season nonetheless. 
 

A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

*** includes most, but not all the songs below
Browse the list below for other excellent songs 
that are NOT available on Spotify

 

  1. Josh Garrels
    O Come, O Come Emmanuel
    from The Light Came Down


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Bob Dylan’s Best Albums

Compiled by Madeline Cramer

 

“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,” said Dylan Thomas (the poet who inspired Robert Allen Zimmerman to legally change his last name at 19), and perhaps Bob Dylan’s poetry and music has achieved its legendary, timeless status by encompassing those three parts of the human experience so well.
 

*** For a limited time, the ebook 
   The Gospel according to Bob Dylan
   by Michael Gilmour is only $1.99 for Kindle!

 
(Albums arranged in the order they were released… )
 

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 
(1963)

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I’m a big fan of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.  I’ve found it a great (and FREE) way to be introduced to wonderful new music. 

SO… In honor of International Women’s Day, which was earlier this week, I count down my ten favorite Tiny Desk Concerts featuring women musicians!

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

 
 

#10 – Torres

Mackenzie Scott’s quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud, but I still wasn’t prepared for the ferocity of her new work. Recording as Torres, she spends her new album Sprinter unleashing as-yet-unheard intensity and power, all while performing with incredible prowess. (NPR)

Latest album:  Sprinter (2015)

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JohnTheSilent

A glimmer of hope on this Inauguration Day. 

American society has been rapidly fragmenting over the last century, and amidst this crumbling edifice, we have elected a president that conservative pundit David Brooks has called “professionally unprepared, intellectually ill informed, morally compromised and temperamentally unfit.” Today is not our nation’s finest day.

And yet, in this season of chaos and uncertainty, our hope runs deeper than the future of an empire. Since the election, I have been finding hope in the quiet-yet bold folk music of John the Silent, the nom de plume of Orthodox priest Joel David Weir.  Weir’s keen songwriting bears witness to the hope we find in vulnerability, friendship, mutual care.

Here are a couple sample songs for you to check out…
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CBrown-Cmas

Earlier this week, we featured Christmas music for those who don’t like Christmas music

But sometimes, I can be a sucker for the Christmas classics too. Here are 10 of my favorite Christmas albums:

 
You won’t find Bing Crosby here, but rather the classics nicely arranged in a variety of styles…

Download these digital albums and enjoy… 

Home for Christmas
Amy Grant

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SnowAngels

Music is an inevitable part of the Christmas season…
But what if you are weary of hearing the same old songs done over and over again? 

 
As we ramp up this week toward Christmas Day, here are eight of our favorite albums that don’t fit the typical Christmas music mold.
 
Download these digital albums and listen now… 

Songs for Christmas
Sufjan Stevens

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Swing Time: A Novel

Zadie Smith

 

Read a review of this book from NPR

 

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Hildegard_von_Bingen

Tomorrow (Sept. 17) is the Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen.

St. Hildegard was not only a prominent mystic and theologian, she also was a composer.  Her works are reminiscent of the tradition of Gregorian chant, and will appeal to those who appreciate medieval chants.

Here are four albums that introduce her music:


VISION

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