Grace Notes: Gavin Bryars, A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Gavin BryarsBack in the early '70s, Gavin Bryars was working on a documentary about the London homeless. The film crew had made a number of recordings of v … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Kate Bush's "50 Words For Snow"

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.On 50 Words For Snow, Kate Bush sings from the perspective of a snowflake as it drifts down from its cloudy birthplace to the ground, tells the story of a wo … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: The Cocteau Twins, Hood, Thomas Köner

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Lincoln had its first snowfall of the year this week. The snow didn't stick around long, and given Nebraska's mercurial weather, we may not see any more u … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: M83, Sam Billen

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.M83There's nothing subtle or understated whatsoever about M83's music. One gets the sense that Anthony Gonzalez has no sense of self-restraint: he can't he … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Emil Klotzsch, Youth Lagoon

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Emil KlotzschSeveral years ago, Emil Klotzsch — a movie sound designer from Germany — took a trip through the Scottish highlands. While he was there, he ma … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: The Prayer Chain, Teen Daze

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.The Prayer ChainIt could be argued that during the early 1990s, The Prayer Chain was the Christian alternative band. I know that for me personally, they — … [Read more...]

Thank You, Steve

We were in Barnes & Noble when my wife suddenly looked up from her iPhone and told me that Steve Jobs had died. To be honest, I wasn’t surprised. Saddened, perhaps, but not surprised. When Jobs resigned as Apple's CEO back in August, I think we all knew that it was only a matter of time before the end came. But if I had to give a name to my primary emotion upon hearing the news, it’d probably be gratitude.Jobs, as I wrote back in August, was a visonary in the truest sense of the word, a man … [Read more...]

Making Sense of "Culture Making", Part 10: Grace & Some Final Thoughts

In my previous Culture Making article, I discussed power and community as necessary elements of any sort of culture making enterprise. In this article, I'll be focusing on grace, which might just be the most important."Grace" is one of those words for Christians, and by that I mean a word we use all the time, though we may not always know what it means, or why we're using it. In his wonderful book, What's So Amazing About Grace, Philip Yancey writes that "grace" may be our last best word: … [Read more...]

Scientific Advance, Art, and Horsing Around With Humanity

Back in August, Wired ran a fascinating albeit disturbing article about Marion Laval-Jeantet, a French performance artist who injected herself with horse blood plasma as part of a project exploring “trans-species relationships”. The project, titled May the Horse Live in Me, involved Laval-Jeantet preparing her body over the course of several months to accept the horse plasma. Once the plasma had been injected — and she showed no signs of shock — Laval-Jeantet donned a pair of stilts with hooves a … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Jay Tholen, Mount Eerie

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Jay TholenI reviewed Jay Tholen's Mud Pies or Bread and Wine? several weeks ago, but Tholen's been a busy little bee in 2011. He's already released a new E … [Read more...]


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