Prine questions if we even have the right to unmercifully manipulate our surroundings in the pursuit of perfect unhindered autonomy.
The sort of love professed in ‘Closer’ is the complicated love that marks all of Father John Misty’s music. It at once loathes the self and longs for unity with the divine.
An Alanis Morissette jukebox musical shows how mainstream culture is openly embracing the idea of a didactic or propagandistic role for art.
‘At Folsom Prison’ reignited Johnny Cash’s music career, and led to a second live album at San Quentin the following year. It is still thought to be one of the best live albums of all time.
Rock and roll has often been an enterprise in which adult men who disdained conventional morality sold fantasies of sexual rebellion to infatuated teenage girls.
Aye carumba! Someone in the ‘70s slipped something illicit in the chalice, and the flashbacks today for Roman Catholics like me are fierce.
It’s a song of faith, but it does not go forth to conquer the world, to enslave fans and enlist them into idolatry.
National security consultant David Reaboi discusses what’s happening in the Middle East and how he thinks the Trump Administration will respond to it.
Composer John Williams turns 86 today, which by happy coincidence is the same day millions of viewers will be celebrating the themes he wrote for the Olympics.
I was fortunate to attend one of Simon’s concerts in the summer of 2016 following the release of his album, ‘Stranger to Stranger.’
Lana Del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) is caught between being an act and an activist. Time will tell where this takes her artistry.
When you want a small cornucopia of protest non-sequiturs strung together in musical form, you want artisanal mediocrity from a human.
‘Starfire’ is wistful, even as it drives along. There is always hope, particularly as we learn to settle down and stop fighting.
The songwriter who’s penned hits for Meghan Trainor and Dolly Parton performed ‘Contact High.’
This song is written as ‘a Christmas carol for children,’ from the venerable Martin Luther, dated 1535. It is based on the Bible’s account of Christ’s birth in Luke 2:1-18.
Mark Helprin’s latest novel, ‘Paris in the Present Tense,’ is an ode to fighting anti-Semitism, the beauty of music, and never giving up hope.
Trumpets, tubas, sousaphones, euphonia, bazookas, alphorns, litui, sackbuts, bugles, trombones, superbones, flugelhorns, vuvuzelas—all remain Apocalyptic contenders, as far as I’m concerned.
A soulful album both enchanting and nostalgic, The Hillbilly Thomists repurpose old gospel favorites while reacquainting the listener to a buffet of instruments one rarely encounters.
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