Download Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Music by Michael J. Gilmour PDF

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.

Show description

Read Online or Download Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Music PDF

Similar popular books

Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (American Crossroads)

L. a. pulsed with fiscal power and demographic development within the a long time following international battle II. This vividly designated cultural background of L. A. from 1940 to 1970 lines the increase of a brand new suburban cognizance followed by means of a new release of migrants who deserted older American towns for Southern California's booming city area.

Sounds of the Metropolis: The 19th Century Popular Music Revolution in London, New York, Paris and Vienna

The word "popular song revolution" could immediately recall to mind such twentieth-century musical hobbies as jazz and rock 'n' roll. In Sounds of the city, in spite of the fact that, Derek Scott argues that the 1st well known track revolution truly happened within the 19th century, illustrating how a different staff of well known kinds first started to assert their independence and values.

One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau

"Mr. Guitar" Chet Atkins referred to as Lenny Breau (1941-1984) "the maximum guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth. " Breau begun taking part in the software at age seven, and went directly to grasp many kinds, specially jazz. among 1968 and 1983 he made a chain of recordings which are one of the so much influential guitar albums of the century.

The Words and Music of Billy Joel

Billy Joel skyrocketed to reputation in 1977 together with his 5th album, The Stranger, and he has been an important American artist ever considering that. His songs are undying and preferred via generations of fanatics. The phrases and track of Billy Joel examines this influential musician's songs intimately, exploring the which means of the lyrics and putting Joel's artistry in a nearby and cultural context.

Extra resources for Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Music

Sample text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.64 of 5 – based on 43 votes