Classical, Hip-Hop, Music and Culture, Rock, World Music

Month in Music (March 2013)

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A review of the month in music.

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Finding the beautiful, good and true in music but exposing the bad, ugly and sinful. Read through Day 1 of the series for more information on racial justice and the Christian response.

Both songs today look forward to the day when every tribe, tongue and nation will finally be reconciled. Interestingly, while both songs are not Christian they do borrow heavily from the language of Christianity, in order to express the hope which humanism is unable to provide.

Final thought as we end our journey on songs for racial justice, using the words from our final songs: “The Lord will see us through someday, we’ll walk hand in hand,” under the “one love” of Christ so “give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right; Let’s get together and feel all right.”

Bob Marley – One Love

We Shall Overcome

For additional recources on racial reconciliation, watch the following presentations on the Christian response:

Ken Ham – One Race, One Blood

John Piper – Bloodlines Documentary

John Piper – From Bloodlines to Bloodline Sermon

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Hip-Hop, Pop Music, World Music

Music Matters (October 26th, 2012)

A weekly review of music news through the lens of music as gift or god.

A Preview of the Song of the Redeemed?

This video shows an incredible invention where Yuri Suzuki took field recordings from around the world and put them in their geographically correct spot on a vinyl globe. As the globe spins snippets of music from various cultures around the world are mashed together creating something all together new. Is this what it will sound like when all of the redeemed join together in praise of the Lamb (see Revelation 14:1-5)? Interesting thought to ponder.

Alicia Keys Finding the Beautiful and the Good in the Mundane

Alicia Keys new video for Girl on Fire shows her doing normal household chores and taking care of her children. She however makes those things seem glamorous and fitting even for a superstar like her to do. The video is a celebration of home life and the joy which comes from doing things which are common and mundane.  Keys also released an app for children which incorporates the wisdom of a grandmother who introduces them to music from various cultures throughout the world.

Biology and Lady Gaga

Hey little monsters this one is for you. You know that group of ferns which botanists recently discovered? Well… guess what? All 19 of the ferns are being named after your favorite artist, Lady Gaga. According to Rolling Stone:

Among the more eye-popping fern names are Gaga germanotta – a nod to the singer’s real name, Stefani Germanotta – and Gaga monstraparva, which translates to “Gaga little monster,” an acknowledgement of Gaga’s dedicated “little monster” fanbase.

So little monsters be proud because you are now a beautiful fern not just a person idolizing another human being! See announcement video below (Thanks Duke University!).

 

And Lastly… What’s Missing in this Church’s 10 Year Celebration?

Brought to you by The Museum of Idolatry this video is distrubing because there is not one mention of guess who?

 

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World Music

Every Tribe, Tongue and Nation: The Erhu

Looking for signs of common grace through the traditional music of all nations and ethnic groups around the world.

The still, quiet beauty of the Erhu (a Chinese stringed instrument played with a bow like a violin) moves listeners to a place of relaxation and peace. While there are moments when the Erhu can express intense passion, the titles of Erhu pieces reflect the peaceful state composers evoke through the instrument. Beautifully descriptive titles such as Moon Reflected on Erquan Pond, Singing of Birds Resounds in the Valley, Listening to the Soughing Wind in the Pine Forest and Spring River and Flowers in the Moonlight display the tranquil quality of the Erhu. So here is an experiment, remove yourself from all the distractions around you and listen to these Erhu pieces below.

After listening to this music how do you feel? Do you feel relaxed? As the peaceful state we were moved to by this music, God wants us to remove the distractions of our life whether they be technology, media or anything else in life and listen to Him. This is why God tells us in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10). Or as David sings in Psalm 23:1-3:

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

But the ultimate rest comes in Christ, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) So put everything aside right now, pray to God, listening for his voice and read the passages below to meditate on His word.

For Further Reading and Reflection:

Joshua 1:1-9

Psalm 1:1-3

Psalm 119

Psalm 104

Philippians 4:4-9

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