Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Instrumental Music vs. Vocal Music

As I sat and listened to Gustavo Dudamel conduct the renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic in the beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall, I couldn’t help but look around at the audience. There were a few young adults scattered around but no teenagers and no children. Why is it that attending symphony performances...
October 16th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Soundtracks and Hunger Strikes: Consumer Media and the Discipline of Self Awareness

“Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” ― Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death To say we live in a fast paced world is...
October 14th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

Additional Thoughts: Giving Grace to “Crossover” Artists

Last week I penned an article for Biola’s new Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts. You can read the article here, but I’d like to expand on my conclusion. Here’s how I ended the article (yes, spoiler alert): Here’s the principle we all ought to keep in mind: grace should...
September 16th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Grooveshark, Free Music, and the Future of the Music Industry

That title may be a bit much. More specifically, the title may sound like it is speaking to a lot of things, but I think it may actually all be one thing. With the recent lawsuits against Grooveshark by all of the major music labels, the folks over at Gizmodo sat down with the CEO of the little company,...
April 26th, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Music | Read More

The Return of Five Iron Frenzy; Wait, What?

This will be old news to most of you. The discussions that can come from it are still necessary, however. As such, it bears repeating and then considering: Five Iron Frenzy is back.
April 25th, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Music | Read More

Giving Music Away

Over at his personal blog, music artist Derek Webb has a  rather lengthy post detailing why he believes that giving away music for free is actually a good thing for the artist. Besides giving some insight concerning streaming services like Spotify or even purchasing albums from services like iTunes...
December 12th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Music | Read More

“Christian” Hip-Hop: What Does That Even Mean?

Last week, we talked a bit about the importance of Christian hip-hop/rap as a genre, and then provided numerous examples of theologically-influenced lyrics from within the genre. Hopefully you’ve taken a few minutes to check some of those artists out. What follows today is a discussion of a debate...
August 30th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Music, Religion | Read More

Whitewashing Cultural Sepulchers

She’s only three, but our differing taste in music is already a source of conflict. When I turn on Johnny Cash or Regina Spektor, she is adamant: “No.  Songs ’bout Jesus.”  In other words, the local contemporary Christian music station. At first this seemed OK.   Like many...
October 28th, 2009 | Culture, Education, Media, Music, Other, Technology | Read More

“Dying to Life”: The Mountain Goats’ Mortal Climb

Some people are filled with a loud joy, as if naturally disposed to see the light in life. For others, the road to discovering light is hard-won: they arise to a place of perspective and authenticity–a quiet joy–only through experiencing and witnessing painful descents. John Darnielle, singer/songwriter...
October 12th, 2009 | Art & Literature, Culture, Media, Music | Read More