The mystical comfort of music

Immediately following the 2016 US presidential election, the very last place I wanted to go to for comfort was my church.  I’m not alone in this.  I attend a fairly-conservative, mostly-white Republican Evangelical church in a similarly populated town.  As a registered Democrat, I suddenly felt politically and ideologically “naked” among my fellow parishioners like never before.

Weeks before the election, while explaining to my first grader the simple first-grade ethics of mutual self-respect, gender equality, compassion for the indigent, I was struck by how these ideals have somehow been lost on a host of the very people that espouse such virtues from the pews.  The mantras of “build a wall”, “lock her up”, “grab them by the pussy” and other patently anti-Christian bully sentiments surely are at odds with the core beliefs of my fellow churchgoers.

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Bernstein’s Mass

For my church choir’s annual Christmas concert two weeks ago, one of the solos was a piece from Bernstein’s Mass, titled “Hymn and Psalm: A Simple Song.”  It’s a very modern sounding song, not at all like traditional requiem masses.  At times, it was very dissonant and haunting, other times similar to big band Broadway.  Nevertheless, Lenny wrote a mass.  And I can’t get it out of my head.

Give this a little listen…

weekend blogging at CBE

Hey bloggers, I was given a cool opportunity to contribute to the blog Christians for Biblical Equality. It’s an organization that Sarah and I support. They are active in promoting equality between the sexes from a Christian perspective.

This weekend, Sarah and I are attending an international conference in Denver and I’ll be posting about the seminars. Should be informative, so check it out.

iLanders

What happens when the primetime slot erodes, giving way to a new generation of media content consumers? I’m referring to the video iPods, the Sony PlayStation Portables, and other such video on-demand players.