A weekly look at the world of music from a gospel perspective.
Lorin Ashton, the outspoken 34-year-old whose DJ name is Bassnectar, sold over 250,000 tickets to his solo shows last year – more than any other dance music DJ except for Tiësto and Deadmau5 – but he’s cut from a different cloth than most EDM DJs. He has a slender physique and a gentle, upbeat manner; he also grew up in a commune in Silicon Valley but his parents took the family out when he was five, becoming born-again Christians.
In part as a reaction to this upbringing, Ashton became a metalhead. “I went from heavy to death to black metal, always looking for something harder, darker, more underground,” he tells Rolling Stone.
The visual spectacle amounted to 2012: A Space Odyssey, as Dr. Emmart filled the planetarium’s dome with a moving composite of photographs and illustrations, taking the viewer on an hourlong journey from somewhere in Earth’s orbit near the International Space Station to the farthest reaches of the universe, where the skies seemed to be raining galaxies in glorious profusion, and back. The Cassatt players, meanwhile, offered night-themed, time-related or merely melancholy or mysterious works and movements by Bloch, Sebastian Currier, Ramin Arjomand, Dvorak, Borodin, Andy Teirstein and Gershwin.
Recently, Mark Altrogge, the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church and writer of such hymns as ”I Stand In Awe” and “In The Presence”, wrote that he was troubled by a line in “Come Thou Fount”, a line that he found theologically suspect. The line in question is “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.”
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it” speaks to a reality in our lives, a reality that the Apostle Paul touches on in Romans 7:21. When I sing that line in church, it is for me an honest admission of my weakness and frailty, of the struggle that constantly occurs in my heart, and of my dire need for God’s grace and mercy. Such a thought is a bit more downbeat, at least on the surface, for we don’t like to think of ourselves as weak and frail, but that is the beauty of the line: it forces me, if only for a moment, to confront the terrible reality of my sinfulness and the great need I have for God to seal my heart for His courts above.
The Spice Girls came together to launch a new musical in London’s West End today, reports the BBC. Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell briefly united to announce Viva Forever!, a musical based on the group’s hits. Conceived by Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer and written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, Viva Forever! will involve the “bitter reality of fame” in a TV talent show.
The show will open at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on December 11th, with previews starting November 27th. The Spice Girls last reunited in late 2007 for a world tour that was cut short in February 2008.
Sorry but despite Tupac’s recent holographic ‘resurrection’ this article confirms that he is still dead and only one man ever came back from the dead.
James Rosemond, a drug lord long tied to the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur, has reportedly implicated himself in the crime, according to the Village Voice. On trial for a separate drug trafficking case, Rosemond apparently admitted to the ambush. Court transcripts show Rosemond secretly confessed his involvement in the attack during a proffer session last fall, and that he was trying to figure out a cooperation deal that could lead to a lighter sentence.
and a response to music as part of the Olympics: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/06/lets-ban-music-from-the-london-olympics.html
The book of Genesis, and in particular, the creation account, is undoubtedly one of the most controversial issues in contemporary theology and Christianity. In many places, the lines have been drawn: faith vs science. For those who draw this distinction, they seem to be unable to read the opening of the Bible without wanting to turn it into a scientific question, asking things such as ‘How old is the earth?’, ‘Are the days literal?’, ‘Did God use evolution?’ and so forth. However, through reflecting on ‘Creation’, I get the feeling this is not exactly the right response.
Genesis is a book of theology, that is, it is primarily about God. While it includes narrative, some history, as well as a few other genres, I think it is also a book written to teach people about their place in the world as created beings. It is written as an introduction to the great biblical meta-narrative, the overarching story of God redeeming a people for himself. The creation account puts that all in perspective, showing us who God is as the creator.
Through ‘Creation’, what struck me about Haydn’s rendering of Genesis 1-2 is the way each creative act is followed by a chorus of praise. When one of the angels recounts, for example, the creation of plants, the chorus responds with a call to ‘awake the harp!’ in order to praise God. It seems to me that this starts to point to the response that the creation account ought to provoke. Scripture calls us so often to sing unto the Lord; it seems like a natural, creative response to a creative God.
A historic day!
Praise God that no one was hurt.
Rihanna escaped from a London hotel fire early this morning after a blaze started in an elevator shaft, reports the Associated Press.
The singer, who was among 300 people evacuated from Corinthia Hotel during the blaze, tweeted a picture of a fire engine following the incident. The London Fire Brigade reported no injuries in the 7th floor fire.