Music Articles from Christian Century http://www.christiancentury.org/section/52/feed en Bluesamericana, by Keb’ Mo’ http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/bluesamericana-keb-mo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>You can call Keb’ Mo’ a lot of things, but “unpredictable” isn’t one of them. His blues tradition is more down-home than hard-charging, more Delta than Chicago. His 11th album is basically more of this, and as usual it sounds great. Keb’ Mo’ doesn’t reinvent himself. Keb’ Mo’ plays the blues.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/bluesamericana-keb-mo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/bluesamericana-keb-mo#comments Steve Thorngate's Music Reviews Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 28005 at http://www.christiancentury.org Stay Gold, by First Aid Kit http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/stay-gold-first-aid-kit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>On the Söderberg sisters’ third album and their second with producer Mike Mogis, the sound is bigger and lusher, even utilizing strings and winds at times. But it remains rooted in ’70s folk rock, straight-ahead and fingerpicky and richly effective.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/stay-gold-first-aid-kit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/stay-gold-first-aid-kit#comments Steve Thorngate's Music Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 28004 at http://www.christiancentury.org Bach Sonata No. 1 in G Minor / Partita No. 1 in B Minor, by Chris Thile http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/bach-sonata-no-1-g-minor-partita-no-1-b-minor-chris-thile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Chris Thile is equally committed to the mandolin—that oh-so-traditional instrument he plays so uncommonly well—and to progressive stylistic exploration. Often this makes his projects come off a bit cute, the Harlem Globe&shy;trotters of acoustic music. On paper, this audacious new crossover project—Thile playing J. S.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/bach-sonata-no-1-g-minor-partita-no-1-b-minor-chris-thile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/bach-sonata-no-1-g-minor-partita-no-1-b-minor-chris-thile#comments Steve Thorngate's Music Reviews Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 28003 at http://www.christiancentury.org Small Town Heroes, by Hurray for the Riff Raff http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/small-town-heroes-hurray-riff-raff <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>On Alynda Lee Segarra's fifth album as Hurray for the Riff Raff, the Puerto Rican Bronx native wraps social commentary around Americana references.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/small-town-heroes-hurray-riff-raff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/small-town-heroes-hurray-riff-raff#comments Steve Thorngate's Music Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 28002 at http://www.christiancentury.org Why I listen to K-LOVE Radio http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-07/why-i-listen-k-love-radio <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">I got "saved" at a Carman concert when I was 12. It wasn’t the first time. But it was the first time I asked Jesus into my heart&nbsp;<i>publicly</i>, at an altar call. My friends and I became disciples overnight.</p><p class="p1">I wasn't, however, a disciple of Jesus—at least not directly.&nbsp;If I was discipled to anyone in middle school, it was to the pop stars of the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_Christian_music">contemporary Christian music</a>&nbsp;scene.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-07/why-i-listen-k-love-radio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-07/why-i-listen-k-love-radio#comments ccm christian music k-love pop music Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Katherine Willis Pershey 27880 at http://www.christiancentury.org Please explain when exactly you were and were not a Christian http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-06/please-explain-when-exactly-you-were-and-were-not-christian <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>A pet topic of mine is the tendency of some Christians to fixate on belief and its boundaries. You can't just state why you think belief in x, y, and z is important to Christian faith and life; you have to claim that those who believe x and y but not so much z are not real Christians.&nbsp;You can't just disagree with someone with a different view from yours; you have to stage an inquisition.</p><p>It frustrates me to see this all-belief-all-the-time orientation used to frame things as us real Christians vs. them fake ones. When people take a similar approach in drawing&nbsp;<em>themselves&nbsp;</em>outside the circle, it just makes me sad.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-06/please-explain-when-exactly-you-were-and-were-not-christian" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-06/please-explain-when-exactly-you-were-and-were-not-christian#comments as i lay dying belief Doubt tim lambesis Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 27532 at http://www.christiancentury.org Beautiful Love, by Paulinho Garcia http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/beautiful-loveby-paulinho-garcia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Paulinho Garcia—one of the most versatile and skilled Brazilian musicians in the Midwest—lives up to his album title. His nylon-stringed guitar playing is angelic, and his voice is cappuccino smooth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/beautiful-loveby-paulinho-garcia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/beautiful-loveby-paulinho-garcia#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Louis R. Carlozo 27241 at http://www.christiancentury.org Redemption, by Glen David Andrews http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/redemptionby-glen-david-andrews <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Recorded in a converted New Orleans–area church over six days, <em>Redemption</em> is a jambalaya of Chicago blues, New Orleans funk, and robust soul. On the standout “Chariot,” Glen David Andrews’s voice rises with gritty passion as he trails into the song’s tag, borrowed from the spiritual “Sweet Home Chariot”:</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/redemptionby-glen-david-andrews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/redemptionby-glen-david-andrews#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Louis R. Carlozo 27243 at http://www.christiancentury.org PiecesOfUsWere LeftOnTheGround, by JoyCut http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/piecesofuswereleftonthegroundby-joycut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>On the mostly instrumental <em>Pieces</em>, JoyCut takes the sonic hallmarks of the 1980s New Wave era—from shimmering, echo-plastered guitars and propulsive picked bass to dysmorphic synthesizer pads—and reconfigures them in thrilling fashion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/piecesofuswereleftonthegroundby-joycut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/piecesofuswereleftonthegroundby-joycut#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Louis R. Carlozo 27240 at http://www.christiancentury.org The Sensational Guitar Sound of Marco Di Maggio, Vol. 1, by Marco Di Maggio http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/sensational-guitar-soundof-marco-di-maggio-vol-1by-marco-di-maggio <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Throughout this disc, Marco Di Maggio shows the versatility of a guitarist with an uncanny mastery of 1950s and ’60s surf, rockabilly, and country styles. On the lovely and gentle “Polka Dots &amp; Moonbeams,” you’ll hear shadings of Wes Montgomery’s octave guitar riffing, along with the shifting jazz-pop chords of Chet Atkins.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/sensational-guitar-soundof-marco-di-maggio-vol-1by-marco-di-maggio#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Louis R. Carlozo 27239 at http://www.christiancentury.org Blaze, by David Wilcox http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/blaze-david-wilcox <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>David Wilcox has planted something complex and beautiful with <i>Blaze</i>. It displays his gifts as a first-rate storyteller who marries arresting narratives with alluring melodies.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/blaze-david-wilcox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/blaze-david-wilcox#comments Christian musicians protest songs storytelling Thu, 29 May 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Louis R. Carlozo 27238 at http://www.christiancentury.org Appropriated in the U. S. of A. http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-04/appropriated-u-s-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">The Sportsman Channel touts its newest series, <i>Amazing America with Sarah Palin</i>, in a three-minute <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQzDqM0XbFM#t=37">video</a> making the rounds on social media. The video, a recording by “the most patriotic band in America,” <a href="http://www.madisonrising.com/">Madison Rising</a>, contains rousing lyrics, while a variety of activities flash by in rapid succession: men fighting fires, men shooting guns, women shooting guns, men running with bulls, men riding down zip lines, cars racing, and Sarah Palin on a dogsled pulled by pink-booted sled dogs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-04/appropriated-u-s-a" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-04/appropriated-u-s-a#comments Asian religion Chinese immigrants Madison Rising patriotism Sarah Palin triumphalism Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Mary Beth Mathews 26715 at http://www.christiancentury.org New song: "Holy Ground" http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-04/new-song-holy-ground <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>So, I write church music. (I've probably mentioned this before.) I've made lead sheets and full-band recordings for just one set of songs,&nbsp;<a href="http://stevethorngate.bandcamp.com/album/the-luke-canticles">my settings of the three Luke canticles</a>. (One of them—Simeon's—is also on&nbsp;<a href="http://cardiphonia.bandcamp.com/album/canticles">this Cardiphonia compliation</a>.) At this point, mostly what I've done is create home demo recordings, playing and singing all the parts myself, some of them better than others.</p><p>Here's one I just posted, not a biblical canticle but a song with original lyrics.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-04/new-song-holy-ground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-04/new-song-holy-ground#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 26703 at http://www.christiancentury.org In qualified defense of the Gilbert &amp; Sullivan mass http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-03/qualified-defense-gilbert-amp-sullivan-mass <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CDMQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sevenwholedays.org%2F2014%2F03%2F03%2Fof-gimmicks-and-gospel%2F&amp;ei=Oj0aU-etONDyyAGgkIC4Bw&amp;usg=AFQjCNH-8zHPhONgw2Q5-qcgCh8e_t3lLw&amp;sig2=JU0GYyOOBNyGhosIPiy6dA&amp;bvm=bv.62578216,d.aWc">Via CCblogger Scott Gunn</a>, here's a fun new video from Lutheran Satire.&nbsp;I appreciate the main points here: that the faith formation of young people begins in the home (see this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-02/family-affair"><em>Century&nbsp;</em>interview with another Lutheran</a>) and that the main thing that draws anyone to the church is not pop-culture sensibilities but the proclamation of good news (an even Lutheraner notion). But I'm not sure what this has to do with the U2charist and the other single-secular-artist-themed worship services it's spawned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-03/qualified-defense-gilbert-amp-sullivan-mass" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-03/qualified-defense-gilbert-amp-sullivan-mass#comments Bob Dylan gilbert and sullivan U2charist Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 26440 at http://www.christiancentury.org Soundtracks for our spirits http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-02/soundtracks-our-spirits <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">You probably won’t hear Greg Laswell's songs in church. You’re more likely to catch them on the radio or in the background of a particularly intense moment of shows such as&nbsp;<i>Grey’s Anatomy</i>,&nbsp;<i>Glee</i>, or&nbsp;<i>The Carrie Diaries</i>.&nbsp;Yet his songs animate the highs and lows of my spiritual journeys. I’ve also started using them in my U.S. religious history courses.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-02/soundtracks-our-spirits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-02/soundtracks-our-spirits#comments Greg Laswell grief John Milton pete seeger U.S. history Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Edward J. Blum 26344 at http://www.christiancentury.org The Complete Recordings, by the Paley Brothers http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-02/complete-recordingsby-paley-brothers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Though Andy Paley later enjoyed acclaim as a producer, the power-pop group he led with his brother Jonathan faded, as so many of them do. But this collection makes a joyful case for revisiting the Paleys’ catalog. The collection features the group’s entire output on Sire Records, including the bluesy, infectious “Hide and Seek” from the group’s first EP.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-02/complete-recordingsby-paley-brothers#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Louis R. Carlozo 26244 at http://www.christiancentury.org Bella Ciao, by Barbez http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-02/bella-ciao-barbez <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>In the digital age, music albums are often seen as quaint, obsolete. Yet a well-crafted collection of songs often carries with it a narrative arc, even when the compositions lack words.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-02/bella-ciao-barbez" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-02/bella-ciao-barbez#comments jazz liturgical music Roman Jewish community Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Louis R. Carlozo 26241 at http://www.christiancentury.org My eyes have seen your salvation http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-01/my-eyes-have-seen-your-salvation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Hey, the Feast of the Presentation falls on a Sunday this year! That's as good a reason as any to post this full-band recording of my setting of Simeon's song.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-01/my-eyes-have-seen-your-salvation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-01/my-eyes-have-seen-your-salvation#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 26131 at http://www.christiancentury.org "I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody." http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-01/i-am-proud-i-have-never-refused-sing-anybody <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">Pete Seeger’s friend Woody Guthrie wrote “This machine kills fascists” on his guitar. Seeger’s banjo offered a telling variation: “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-01/i-am-proud-i-have-never-refused-sing-anybody" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-01/i-am-proud-i-have-never-refused-sing-anybody#comments pete seeger Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 26126 at http://www.christiancentury.org CC recommends http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2013-12/cc-recommends <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>A special Christmas review of noteworthy books, music and TV.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2013-12/cc-recommends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2013-12/cc-recommends#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Steve Thorngate 25615 at http://www.christiancentury.org