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George Beverly Shea, the Voice of Billy Graham Crusades, Dies at 104
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

George Beverly Shea, whose signature baritone voice was a standard feature of Billy Graham crusades for more than half a century, died Tuesday at age 104. George Beverly Shea, who ...

Sojo Stories: The Last Bison
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Chesapeake, Va.-based folk band The Last Bison talked with Sojourners about music, creativity, and God before their show in Washington, D.C. a while back. Be sure to listen to their recently released debut alb ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

Tame Impala: Some Psychedelia
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

When I first listened to Tame Impala, I was almost convinced they were the late-60s Beatles reincarnated. Lead singer Kevin Parker’s nasally yet gentle voice sounds about as John Lennon as you’re gonna get. ...

From Lent To Love: From Your Friendly Neighborhood Troubadour
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

If you read the text as a propositional description of God, it can be a rather disturbing image as God keens agonizingly one minute, and rages menacingly the next. It is almost a frightening glimpse of someon ...

Sojo Session: Branches
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Our friends and up-and-coming musicians Branches trekked all the way from California and stopped by our office in D.C. last week to play a couple of their songs during their East Coast tour! ...

ICYMI: February Music
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Just as the winter months tend to bring a mellower, melancholic feel to life, so too can music. And some of this month’s more obscure releases do just that. If you’re looking for an album to check out on a dre ...

People Get Ready - Danny Duncan Collum | Sojourners Magazine - February 2013
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Danny Duncan Collum ...

Walk the Moon: A Fun Pick-Me-Up
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, look no further than Cincinatti’s Walk the Moon. The group recently stopped in Washington, D.C. on their world tour and performed in front of an uber hyped audience. ...

Art As An Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

I’m cloaked in Bible stories and Christian tradition, and therefore I live in hope that there’s a Creator and that this God is working quietly to heal the world. Almost two years ...

People Get Ready
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The "hope and dreams" in Springsteen's song are those of the immigrant, the refugee, and the runaway s ...

Sleeper Awake!
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Will O'Brien Unto Us the Sun by Aimee Wilson. Self-released. IN THE TITLE song of Aimee Wilson's ne ...

Finding God in Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Who would have thought that a chance encounter in a kids pizza joint and a subsequent search online for some pop culture trivia would reveal a glimpse of the as-yet-unrealized but nearly tangible kingdom of Go ...

The Sacred Ran Through Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck’s Music
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Religious faith, however, was never far from Brubeck’s creative mind. Indeed, there have always been strong links between jazz and religion — one of the main musical streams that have formed jazz has been gosp ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson by Kristin LeMay / Grace and Mercy by Jonathan Butler / Gather at t ...

The Naked Artist: Narcissism or Self-Giving Love?
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

To rejoice in not being God means to rejoice in being ourselves. To accept that we are not God is to accept our imperfection. How is it possible that the creative life can feel si ...

CULTURE WATCH: Yeasayer — Musical Mad Scientists
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

There are some artists whose work leaves you walking away thinking, “How in the world did they do that?” The Yeasayer performance at the 9:30 Club in D.C. on Nov. 15 was one such performance. ...

Election Night Jitters: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 6:43pm | Type: Blog

From the Man in Black to the Beastie Boys and everything in between -- we give you a little compilation of video salve to help you get through election night. From the Man in Bla ...

Steve Taylor on Leaving Music for Film, Returning to Music, the Election and Other Scary Things
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Steve Taylor, film director and rock hero, visits our (mine and Jordan Green's) Homebrewed Christianity podcast to talk about the disappointing theater run of his film, Blue Like Jazz, what made him leave ...

VIDEOS: Caroline Herring
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors "The social justice singer-songwriter of her generation." Our CultureWatch lead story f ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron / Silver and Gold by Sufjan Stevens / Star of Wonder by Mary Lee Wile / The Food and Feast ...

Singing the Stories Untold
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 6:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Silas House Caroline Herring makes truth-telling a mission in her music. SINGER-SONGWRITER Caroline Herring w ...

On Analysis and the Holy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

What is it that music actually does? What is that thing? I'm not entirely sure....It affects the world around us. It engages the world around us. Sound waves travel through various substances -- with grea ...

Weekend Musicking: Seven-String Goodness
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 1:36am | Type: Blog

It's been a very musical weekend. Pictured at left is a Foster 7-string guitar. It's just like a traditional 6-string acoustic, but with the added rumble of a low-b string. It's an interesting ...

Walk On The Ocean: Rob Bell, Day 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

Toad the Wet Sprocket was playing in my head. "Walk on the ocean..." but this wasn't some 1990's melancholia. Instead it was an invitation. I didn't want to swim, though I love it. I d ...

Faith, the Poor, and Politics: A New Album by Josh Schicker
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

I couldn’t resist: I heard that a singer/songwriter in Atlanta was coming out with an album titled, Faith, the Poor, and Politics. Josh Schicker currently serves as Worship Leader in Mission at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. He ...

ICYMI: A Roundup of New Fall Music
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Just in case you missed it (ICYMI), here's a roundup of new music that should be rocking your Spotify playlists. Just in case you missed it (ICYMI), here's a roundup o ...

GGNFT (Ethiopia Edition): Teddy Afro
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:37pm | Type: Blog

ADDIS ABABA — Pretty much everywhere we've gone in Ethiopia this week, we've heard Teddy Afro's voice. The 36-year-old Ethiopian singer whose given name is Tewodros Kassahun or ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን in Am ...

Ministers and Musicians: Allies or Rivals?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Eileen Guenther, the national president of the American Guild of Organists, reveals behind-the-scenes church struggles in her new book, Rivals or a Team?: Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Cent ...

Jazz Fusion — Like It Or Not
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

There are many tensions in life that push and pull us in unpredictable directions. We may not like the melody of jazz fusion, but it’s a big part of life’s musical score. One of t ...

Freelance Whales Evolve on 'Diluvia'
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Freelance Whales didn’t just go to a new frontier — they went for the final frontier. Battlestar Galactica —not the first thing you think of while mining the vast array of in ...

Giving, Receiving, and the Ethics of Music
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

What if music were ethics? What if music were ethics? You know, the art of listening and producing sounds as ethics?  I'm just thinking on the old blog here. I'm p ...

GGNFT: The Rend Collective, 'Build Your Kingdom Here'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

God Girl's New Favorite Thing for Sept. 27, 2012: Northern Irish folk-experimental-Jesus-band Rend Collective Experiment debuts its newest video, "Build Your Kingdom Here," directed by God' ...

QUIRK: How to Speak Northern Irish (Apparently)
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

"High nigh br-eye-n, K-eye"? Come again? Rend Collective and Bart Millard (of the band MercyMe) give us a lesson in how to speak Northern Irish. "High nigh br-eye-n ...

Mumford & Sons Stick to Their Guns
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

A review of Mumford & Sons sophomore album, Babel. “Are Mumford & Sons as big in America as they are here?” my English friend asked me a year ago over a pint at a pub on ...

Review of mewithoutYou’s Ten Stories
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

In May, mewithoutYou independently released Ten Stories, the fifth album of their career and their first album since parting ways with label Tooth & Nail Records. As conveyed by the striking artwork of Vas ...

Music and Domestic Tranquility
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

When I became an elementary school teacher, one of my goals was to teach my students to sing the Preamble. "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union ..." ...

Eleven Songs in Memory of Sept. 11, 2001
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Eleven songs in memory of 9/11 from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Suzanne Vega, Moby and Sinead O'Connor, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, John Hiatt, U2, and Hunter Parrish (f ...

Wild Goose West: Wild Spirit, Wonderful New Friends
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Hello fellow Sojourners!This is a brief missive for your enjoyment. I just returned from the Wild Goose Festival in Corvallis, Ore. Yes, Oregon and not North Carolina. You see, in a fit of wisdom, the good peo ...

Roots of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Solidarity may be all but dead in our politics, but it still lives around the edges of our culture. ...

Music for Small and Tall
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Bryan Moyer is Mennonite, and his musical career was launched when he and some friends and colleagues in the Mennonite church began thinking about how the church can sing about God’s kingdom in ways that are a ...

VIDEO: Brian Walsh Interviews Bruce Cockburn at the Festival of Faith and Writing
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

At the last Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College, Brian Walsh interviewed singer / songwriter Bruce Cockburn. The following is the six-part interview. And continue scrolling to get the audio of Cath ...

Artist: Petna Ndaliko
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

For Petna Ndaliko, you combat violence through art. In spite of attempts by the Congolese government and militia groups to silence them, Petna created a stage for local youth to express themselves. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 16, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Neighborhood Film Company reaches out to homeless people in Philadelphia --- interview with The Book's founder Nick Zammuto --- This American Life's "The Convert" --- Pixar's new short ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 15, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest selects 11 winners out of 12,000+ entries ---Kirby Ferguson's TED talk on originality, creativity, and remixing --- billboards play on Shell's slogan, stick ...

Links of Awesomeness: August 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Usain Bolt vs. a cheetah --- Beck plans to release new album entirely in sheet music --- Longform launches debut podcast --- Shark Week finds rival with "animals that act like sharks week" --- fascin ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 7, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Peter Jackson releases a second trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey --- feminist Ryan Gosling to become coffee table book --- animals forming their own bands --- Conan O'Brien's "Cluel ...

A 'Guitarmy' for the Working Class
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Tom Morello's approach to politics is as unique and incisive as his best guitar solos. ...

The Lower Lights — "A Hymn Revival Vol. II"
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening… again. Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening … again. Back in 2 ...

Video Monday: 'Wagon Wheel'
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Old Crow Medicine Show 's Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua first met in the seventh grade in Harrisonburg, Virginia in Rockingham County, and began playing music together. They performed open mics at the Little Grill diner which was "really th ...