Category: Music

Funny Swithfoot Video: Awakening

Rock n’ roll, Virtual reality, on screen and cardboard diorama, Refreshing self-deprecation, 80’s retro, Buster from Arrested Development, Longing fulfilled, and childhood dreams, Ironic reversals, John Foreman singing his God-lovin’ guts out, The secret solidarity and sudden revelation of friendship…...

/ January 18, 2009

Music and the Soul

We’re living in a time when there is a manifest crisis of worship in the church. It’s almost as if we’re in the midst of a rebellion among people who find church less than meaningful. They’re bored. They see the...

/ June 18, 2008

Christians by Faith, not by Genre: Sufjan, Swithfoot, and the Nature of the Artist

I received a great many presents this Christmas. I almost felt guilty about this. But then my philosophical training saved the day. I began to think about the nature of giving gifts to celebrate Christmas and I could hear my...

/ February 12, 2007

At a Party with Elgar: The Enigma Variations

The Enigma Variations is one of the most enjoyable set of variations that classical music can boast. What makes them particularly interesting is that Elgar wrote a variation for each of his friends, making the reconstruction of their personalities a...

/ January 31, 2007

Mr. Jonathan David Taylor’s Review of Sufjan’s Come On and Feel the Illinoise

I bought the Sufjan Steven’s Come On and Feel the Illinoise indie rock CD on his recommendation, which was well worth it. I’m spinning it on iTunes as we speak, soaking up its art, beauty, and humor. Joe Carter, of...

/ December 27, 2006

Switchfoot: More Comments on New Video and Album

So I didn’t like Switchfoot’s new video “Oh, Gravity,” but I think their new album has plenty of promise. I like the sound of what I hear on their website and I will eagerly ask for their new CD for...

/ November 20, 2006

Flirting with Christianity

Faith, it drives me away But it turns me on Like a strangers love -Muse With regard to a Jewish agnostic friend of ours, Matt Anderson once remarked that he is “flirting with Christianity.” This friend of ours is a...

/ October 23, 2006

Redemption Songs

Jars of Clay’s Redemption Songs is an absolute gem.  Though it contains no original lyrics, Jars of Clay brings their distinctive acoustic style to traditional hymns.  As they say in the liner notes,  You have in your hands a collection of very old...

/ February 10, 2006

i like switchfoot……no, I Love Switchfoot

About 24 hours ago I stopped procrastinating and bought Switchfoot’s new CD Nothing is Sound and, man, did I make a good decision. It is another offering of what we’ve come to expect and love about the San Diego pop/rock...

/ October 29, 2005

Dies Irae: The Place of Fear in Verdi's Requiem

Last evening the Canterbury Choral Society gave a laudable performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. The weighty lyrics were expertly matched with a full-bodied performance of the soul-shaking music. Verdi was a king of operatic composition,...

/ October 23, 2005