July 22, 2018

Recommended: St. Olaf Choir

Last night, we attended another special event, this one unrelated to Super Bowl week. Seventeen of us from our choir traveled to the north side of Indy to St. Luke’s Methodist Church to hear the St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Choral music is one of the greatest helps to meditation […]

Listening Report: Kathleen Edwards

From the land of Mike Bell and other friends north of the border comes another great Canadian singer-songwriter. I’ve been enjoying Kathleen Edwards’ new album Voyageur lately, and thought you might like to hear some of her poignant, introspective music too. Here is the first cut from the album, “Empty Threat,” recorded at a live […]

Music in Sepia

The Harrow & The Harvest Gillian Welch You know some girls are bright as the morning And some girls are blessed with a dark turn of mind • • • Though it was released in June, I’ve been listening lately to Gillian Welch’s first new album in eight years and have found it to be […]

Third Quarter Listening Report

Here we are at the end of September already, and it is time to give my reviews of some of the popular music that was released during this third quarter of 2011. As I say in each of these posts, I don’t have the resources to check out a lot of music, so I generally […]

That Great 70’s Sound Lives!

By Chaplain Mike Some of my favorite music of all time came out of the “Laurel Canyon” folk-rock movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with artists like Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Here’s one of my NEW favorite bands that hearkens back to that sound. This […]

Come, People of the Risen King

By Chaplain Mike A song calling the church to come as one to praise Christ, by one of our best contemporary hymn-writers, Stuart Townend, and performed in concert by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

A Musical Primer on the Ancient-Future Path

By Chaplain Mike If I were to design a course to teach about spiritual formation from an ancient-future perspective, my soundtrack would be the new album by John Michael Talbot, called, Worship and Bow Down. Remarkably, this is Talbot’s 53rd (!) record, but it is different than most of his previous releases. In light of […]

Second Quarter Listening Report

By Chaplain Mike It is time for my quarterly update on new popular music to which I’ve been listening. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on music, so I try to pick and choose what to put on my iPod. Like everyone, I have my favorites from whom I’ll buy an album […]

A Music Break

By Chaplain Mike For your Friday night listening pleasure, to help you unwind after a week of creation talk, a studio session by Paul Simon, playing a song from his new album. It’s a tongue-in-cheek, bureaucratic vision of heaven, called, “The Afterlife.” Enjoy.

For Memorial Day 2011

By Chaplain Mike I offer this, my favorite music video of all time, on America’s Memorial Day, for all who have died because of war, with a prayer that the day will come quickly when all such fighting and dying shall cease. Now the sun’s gone to hell And the moon’s riding high Let me […]