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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 ...

In New Interview, Macca Says Yoko Did NOT Break Up the Beatles
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Paul McCartney says that Yoko Ono isn't at fault for splitting the Beatles or tearing John Lennon away from the group in an upcoming TV interview with David Frost, the BBC reports. ...

Riding Out the Storm: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 6:26pm | Type: Blog

For our brothers and sisters on the East Coast, in the path of the storm they call "Sandy," I've put together a little music for you to help pass the time. Sending you prayers of protection, pea ...

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 ...

GGNFT: Two Irish Boys Cover 'We Found Love (in a Hopeless Place)' SQUEEEEE!!!!
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

God Girl's New Favorite Thing for Oct. 25, 2012: Two Irish boys cover Rihanna's "We Found Love in a Hopeless Place,"... which gives her hope in a zillion ways. She tracked them down in Irel ...

Kimbra: Eccentric But Enjoyable
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

On the whole, Kimbra’s music is enjoyable, particularly live. Her giddy disposition seems genuine, and it definitely raises crowd morale. It’s easy to tell that she loves what she does, and she’s good at it. K ...

Passion Pit Shine in D.C.
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday Passion Pit wrapped up three sold out shows in D.C. with a triumphant performance, inspiring even the more awkward shyer attendees to move a little. Usually when I wr ...

Jens Lekman: Why You Should Check out Swedish Indie Pop
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

Jens Lekman performs at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C. Here's a review! Jens Lekman is a storyteller. Wait, Jens who? How do you pronounce that? Jens (pronounced ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Market and Liturgical Music
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

The old markets, of course, have given way to new markets over the centuries, but throughout the history of the Western marketplace, markets (and the people they represent) have had tremendous say in what musi ...

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' ...

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 ...

A Hip Hop Gospel?
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Dozens of pop culture books have been written about using hip-hop to evangelize young people, to relate to their lives and bring them into the organized church. But Monica R. Miller, a visiting professor of re ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Music Friday: Aug. 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

New music from Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Kathy Mattea, and David Byrne & St. Vincent. New music from Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothe ...

40 Years Later, A Life Less Ordinary
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Bill Fay is a story. And the British singer-songwriter's new album "Life is People" — his first in more than 40 years — is a gem of a record that comes out of nowhere and makes an impression bey ...

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 ...

New Music Friday: Aug. 17, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

New music from Rufus Wainwright, World Party, Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, Alanis Morissette, and the wonderful new Anglo-Ugandan singer songwriter Michael Kiwanuka. New music from ...

New Music Fridays: August 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

New music from : Mary Chapin Carpenter (with James Taylor), Sixpence None the Richer, Matisyahu, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, and Band of Horses. New music from : M ...

New Mumford & Sons: 'I Will Wait'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:38am | Type: Blog

As listeners, we really can't be sure what a songwriter's intention was when he or she composed a song. While I don't know whether it is what Mumford & Sons intended, I hear "I Will Wai ...

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 ...

QUIRK: USA Olympic Swim Team Does 'Call Me Maybe'
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Not only are they the best athletes of their generation, but they’re also solid lip syncers… Yes, it’s the video you’ve all been waiting for: The USA Olympic Swimming Team takes some time off from the pool a ...

'With a brush and an eye full of light': Patti Smith's Spiritual Exploration
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

"Oh Lord let me die on the back of adventure/ With a brush and an eye full of light." These lines from the 10-minute "Constantine’s Dream" sum up "Banga" — the latest album from ...

Leonard Cohen's Stellar New 'Old Ideas' Explores Spirituality, Mortality
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

The years between 2004's "Dear Heather" and his latest album "Old Ideas" have built Cohen’s status to a Zen guru presence. For weeks there has been anticipation about this new record n ...

Duke Special's Deep Soul Shines on 'O Pioneer'
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Duke Special writes for the areas of deep soul and the dreams of an arts community get aired on "Stargazers of The World Unite"; the hopes of justice and a new world order by the Occupy Movement chal ...

Holy Biofuel & Justice Juice: A Musical Review of Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 7:30pm | Type: Blog

Sadly, too much of today’s so-called “praise-and-worship” music sucks the humanity out of our adoration and contemplation, leaving us with a sugary synthetic salvation that’s all Easter lilies and neutered lam ...

Church No More: Part 2 — Church That Doesn't Steal Your Joy
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

I lost my joy. I suspect there are a few of you who feel the same way. Not that you aren't happy, but there is this deep place of celebratory joy which you once knew that really doesn't come around m ...

An Indie Call to Worship
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Joshua Witchger Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, by The Welcome Wagon. Asthmatic Kitty Records. ...

The Nights Were Flamed With Fire
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

When I heard Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets for the first time, they were performing on the main stage at Wild Goose Festival 2012, opening up for established artists Jennifer Knapp and Phil Madeira. I had heard good things about them f ...

The Boss's Musical Indictment
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Springsteen sings what politicians won't say: We were robbed and the thieves have escaped justice. ...

From the Hollers to City Streets
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry Stream of Conscience, by 2/3 Goat THE VIDEO for the title track of 2/3 Goat’s EP Stream of Co ...

QUIRK: Who Knew The Bishop Could Sing? (NT Wright Does Dylan)
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, the Rabbit Room in Nashville, Tenn., invited Dr. N.T. Wright to speak to a fairly small gathering. He brought his message in both word and music. Here is, for more than a few in the room last night ...

Sisters: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:02am | Type: Blog

Sister Christian. Soul Sister. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? The Singing Nun. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us and more songs about (and sometimes performed by) sisters (religious and otherwise.) ...

Working Class Heroes: A Playlist for May Day
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

A playlist for the working class: Ten songs in honor of May Day and workers everywhere. A playlist for the working class: Ten songs in honor of May Day and workers everywhere. ...

South Korean Christians Pray to Stop Lady Gaga Concert
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

According to AFP, a group of Christians gathered Sunday night to pray and protest Lady Gaga’s concert, scheduled for April 27. South Korean Christians are trying to pray away Lady ...

Via Dolorosa: A Good Friday Musical Meditation
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand betwee ...

The Manchester Passion: Finding the Sacred in the Supposedly Profane
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

yrics of The Smiths and their Manchunian contemporaries and used them -- brilliantly and powerfully -- to retell in a thoroughly modern milieu the greatest story ever told. The mu ...

Top Ten Reasons Why I (Heart) Kristin Chenoweth
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:46am | Type: Blog

"I'm a very controversial figure in the Christian world. I don't believe if you're gay or you have a drink or you dance, you're going to hell. I don't think that's the kind o ...

U2's Joshua Tree: 25 Years In God's Country
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

On March 9, 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree, its fifth studio album and one that would catapult the Irish rock quartet from popularity to international superstardom. Its spiritual and socio-political heft ha ...

The SojoMusic Interview: Denison Witmer, 'Creating Space Where Truth Can Move'
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

When Witmer’s latest tour brought him through Washington, D.C. last month, I caught up with him backstage before his gig at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. Singer-songwriter ...

Whitney Houston's Funeral Saturday: No Fans Allowed
Originally Posted: 02/17/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — With TV trucks and camera crews clogging the streets and thousands of fans hoping for a glimpse of the event, Whitney Houston's family has decided that no one but invited guests will get ne ...

Gospel Great Marvin Winans to Lead Funeral for Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy for Whitney Houston during her funeral Saturday (Feb. 18) at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, the chur ...

Remembering "Nippy": Houston's Church Mourns the Death of a Famous Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Anyone who knew Houston understands that her talent came from one place, the God she served at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. This is where it all started for its daughter, where she was the darling of ...

In Memory of Whitney Houston
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

The Bible teaches us: “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death, than the day of birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) On this day, as the world morns the unexpected passing of legendary singer W ...

Music to Help You Make It Through the Winter
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Winter has always been a sweet spot for discovering and sharing music. A little bit mellow, comforting — something you can listen to as a fire crackles or cozy up beside with a mug of hot coffee. In heeding the groundhog's warning of "six m ...

Grab Your Birkenstocks, Ukeleles and Pup Tents: The (Wild) Goose is Loose!
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The Goose is on the loose, ya'll. Today organizers of the 2012 Wild Goose Festival (June 21-24 in Shakori Falls, N.C.) released a groovtastic video (with special guest apperances by Sojo homies Gabriel S ...

Happy 103rd Birthday, George Beverly Shea!
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 7:33pm | Type: Blog

This week, George Beverly Shea, Gospel Music legend and longtime musical companion of Dr. Billy Graham, celebrated his 103rd birthday!   This week, George Beverly Shea, G ...

The End of Rock As We Know It
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Thirty-four years later, nearly two decades into the Internet age, the September 2011 break-up of the rock band R.E.M ...