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By Michael J. Gilmour

-One of only a few books on faith and well known music
-Covers a variety of musical kinds, from heavy steel and rap to state, jazz and Broadway musicals
-The essays are written through teachers and expert via their enthusiasm for the music


Many books have explored the connection among faith and movie, yet few have not begun tested the importance of faith to renowned song. name Me The Seeker steps into that hole.

Michael Gilmour's introductory essay offers a state-of-the-discipline assessment of analysis within the region. He argues that renowned songs usually draw from and "interpret" issues present in the conceptual and linguistic worlds of the foremost religions and exhibit underlying attitudes in those that compose and devour them. He says those "texts" deserve extra severe learn. The essays within the publication begin an on-going dialog during this zone, bringing quite a few methodologies to undergo on chosen artists and subject matters.

Musical kinds lined variety from heavy steel and rap to kingdom, jazz, and Broadway musicals.

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A few songs you might have hanging around. For us in particular it s a collection that adds up to something more than just a few songs. It needs to have an overall logic that connects and complements and maybe not resolves, but has a beginning, middle, and end" (from Bill Flanagan, U2 at the End of the World [New York Delta, 1995], 270; italics original). Given this approach to preparing albums, it seems reasonable to look for recurring themes. 19. The Christian perspective of U2s lyrics would not correspond theologically with Aung San Suu Kyi s Buddhist worldview.

8 It is apparent that Guthrie s context, especially the great poverty in New York City, led him to reflect upon the life and preaching of Jesus. In this way, Guthrie recontextualized Jesus by envisioning him in the flesh, preaching in New York City as he did in Galilee. The song itself gives a condensed version of the Jesus story, but with a distinctly Guthrie-esque quality. For instance, the song presents Jesus as a traveler, a quality that was valued by Guthrie, who loved being a rambling man.

Finally, in answer to the question why Bono used Jeremiah this way, it was a means of taking this ancient message of comfort addressed to Israels captives and "recycling" them for a modern context. , 25:12-14; 33:6-14). According to the ancient text (Jeremiah), this restoration is brought about by God. 27 The promise and hope of both is that all will "live in safety" (Jer 33:16). 28 Notes 1. This contrast between ugliness and beauty recalls, and may be influenced by, Aung San Suu Kyi's writing, as in Lettersfrom Burma (London: Penguin, 1997), 87—89.

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