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    Entries in Music (8)


    McCracken's New Cut

    This has a solid sound.


    Tunes: The Bi-Weekly Record

    My friend Scotland Huber distributes an eNewsletter called "The Bi-Weekly Record."

    Here are the archives. You can click and subscribe near the top.

    Scot recently drew my attention to The Cactus Blossoms and their wonderful offering You're Dreaming and woke me up to Weezer's Weezer (White Album).

    Grazie, Scot.

    Singles are OK. Albums are better. The Bi-Weekly Record supplies solid leads.


    Rowan Williams, Handel's Messiah, Box Canyon

    Here are a few things I have enjoyed this week. First up, Rowan Williams. This presentation was given earlier this month at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. The video is an hour and a half, which includes an introduction and a question and answer period. Rowan Williams is brilliant.

    One claim made in this presentation:

    We are shown something about God. That the God we believe in is not a God who has to be lured down from heaven by being very, very polite to him, or behaving extra well. We are dealing with a God who can't help himself overflowing, boiling over, into the world he has made. A God who cannot give less than the life that is the divine life. We are dealing, in other words, with a God who does not have to be persuaded to be interested in us. And that's quite a good start.

    Secondly, George Frideric Handel's "Messiah." You would think that I might have heard this beautiful oratorio in its entirety at some point. Until this week, I had not. I have been listening to Christmas music for the past two weeks, and upon hearing Part 12, "Unto Us a Child is Born," I was taken in. I will go so far to say that my soul was lifted, and I was changed.

    Thirdly, this little video from Laity Lodge was something I enjoyed. 

    Underneath from Laity Lodge on Vimeo.

    Lastly, The Brilliance released an EP last week. The track "See the Love" is good, and challenging. Give it a listen.


    JJ Heller - This Year

    Good stuff from JJ Heller, and brand new.


    When is the last time you heard a song that had something to do with bioethics?

    Sara Groves has written just such a song, and I must say I was surprised and pleasantly delighted by what I heard.  It is quite possibly true that we "rob from Peter to extend Paul's life" and that we "set machines in motion just to set machines in motion."  She is also right to ask who is going to address the questions that such advances inevitably raise.  Some advances are rubber stamped unthinkingly to our detriment.  

    You can review the lyrics here, and check out the video below.

    Listen. Watch. Discuss.