Category: Music

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #101: Modernism 101

General Introduction – A note from the future: Michial passed his defense – Listener feedback World War I: A Hindenburg Overview – And other material conditions – Massive movements across borders – Shock to optimism – The League of Nations – An unexpected cultural reference from Gilmour Defining Our Terms – David answers like a…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #93.3: Musical Theater

General Introduction – Skeleton crew – Cold weather – No listener feedback Opera as Super-Art – 16th-century Italy – Its roots in humanism and classicism – Connections to tragedy – Grappling with pessimism – Wagner’s return to tragedy – Gesamkunstwerk – Changing tastes The Development of Musical Theater – Development from comic opera and operetta…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #82: The Ocean

General Introduction – Whose campus smells worst? – Nathan pokes another hornet’s nest – A beer for your stomach Etymologies – Marine is boring – Okeanos – Are marines soldiers or sailors? – The North(ern) Sea – Plural waters – Does size matter? The Ocean in Ancient Cosmologies – The Babylonian sea dragon – The…

Singing Faith: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 18 December 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 18 December 2011 (Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16  • Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26   • Romans 16:25-27   • Luke 1:26-38 Once again, I’ll be preaching this text on December 18, so I’ve already given it some thought.  The way our congregation does the Advent candles, love is the culminating candle, the fourth…

A Bit on Fourteeners

I don’t know why I was thinking about this most amusing of meters this morning, but it occurs to me that our good readers might help me add to the arsenal that I deploy when I teach Emily Dickinson, George Herbert, and other users and abusers of the fourteener. For those who don’t remember, the…

Yesterday Is Gone Like the Wind

When Chris Gehrz (of CWC: The Radio Show semi-fame) and I first started emailing back and forth a few years ago, we talked a lot about our shared tastes in music, especially as they involved two bands: Minneapolis heroes The Jayhawks and indie rock mainstays Wilco. With both bands releasing highly anticipated albums this year,…

Naked Self-Promotion by Michial Farmer

I don’t talk much about my music career/hobby on the podcast or the blog, but I’m swallowing my resistance to self-promotion to mention that I have recorded a new single under my “band name,” The Free Soil Party. The two new songs (“Down the Line” and “Marshallville”) are countryish and sad–and free. So if you’re…

Book Review: "Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus"

The outline for Greil Marcus’s approach to analyzing Bob Dylan in his latest book, the aptly titled Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, can be found in two pieces. The first is a review of the famously messy 1970 album Self Portrait, in which a young Marcus, apparently too stunned to form a proper argument, strings…

Linking: My Religion

A conservative complains about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. What that R-rated incident at Northwestern University really means. Meliorists vs. Traditionalists: The cage match for the ages. Christopher Norris steps to the plate for the philosophy team. And then I was like, “What do you mean eloquence?” And then he was all, “No…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #36.01: Top 20 Songs of 2010

It’s just me in today’s special episode of the podcast. As I mention in the show, I used to do this as a blog post every year, but it just makes more sense to make it a podcast instead. I won’t spoil my list in this post, but I will give you the promised list…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #36: The Incarnation

Merry Christmas from The Christian Humanist Podcast! Our introductory narration is, as you may have guessed, from the 1977 Rankin-Bass Christmas classic Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. The song is Bill Mallonee’s “Sing Angel Choirs,” as world-weary but pious a Christmas carol as you’re likely ever to hear. It plays through at the end, and…

The Christian Humanist, Episode #35: Christian Rock

General Introduction – Hey, there are three of us – A suggestion from Josh Altmanshofer – The bizarro-world podcast Starting with the Personal – Nathan Gilmour, bodyguard to the “stars” – How Christian college kills your interest in Christian rock – David’s family traditions – The sins of Bill Gothard – Boxing up the secular…

Eat, Link, and Be Merry

Gene Fant talks University Statements of Faith. Why Sherlock Holmes matters. Are non-overlapping magisteria a myth? Fred Sanders counsels writers on learning the craft. Aikido and the Art of the Question and Answer Session The Kindlings Muse scoops us with a discussion of Christian rock. That’s right, folks: Nate Gilmour is DANGEROUS. Okay, maybe not…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #33: Classical Music

YouTube Playlist of St. Matthew’s Passion Translation of the Libretto General Introduction – What’s on the blog? – Yet more on Church Music – Take that, rival podcast! Defining and Destroying Our Terms – David gets pedantic (GASP!) – Why’s the chronology so wacky? – The Neo-Classical Revival – The Western tradition connection – Cultural…