“The Legend of Wooley Swamp” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series Intro: October is a month of lengthening shadows and stirring shades, as the chill creeps in, all things green turn beautiful colors before dying, and the dark presses ever closer. Country and traditional music captures darkness the way no other genre really does. Songs of loss, damnation, violence, madness, murder, suicide, and terrors of [Read More...]

“‘neath A Cold Grey Tomb of Stone” [Dark Country: Songs for October]

Series Intro: October is a month of lengthening shadows and stirring shades, as the chill creeps in, all things green turn beautiful colors before dying, and the dark presses ever closer. Country and traditional music captures darkness the way no other genre really does. Songs of loss, damnation, violence, madness, murder, suicide, and terrors of both this [Read More...]

Dark Country: Songs For October

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October is a month of lengthening shadows and stirring shades, as the chill creeps in, all things green turn beautiful colors before dying, and the dark presses ever closer. Country and traditional music captures darkness the way no other genre really does. Songs of loss, damnation, violence, madness, murder, suicide, and terrors of both this world and [Read More...]

“Before Everything Became Automatic”

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I’m working on my next magazine issue, but I wanted to share Miranda Lambert’s new song, which speaks to some of my preoccupations here at God and the Machine. One of the constants in country music–both classic and Top 40–is nostalgia: a yearning for a lost past. It’s a profoundly conservative, deeply Christian sensibility. It’s [Read More...]

All This Machinery Making Modern Music

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As an old progressive rock fan, I don’t have any problems with machines making music. If you want to get technical about it, most instruments are machines, so adding new technology doesn’t change things too much. How does a robot band change the equation? Look and listen for yourself. This is Z-Machines: And here’s Compressorhead [Read More...]

The Craic [App o the Mornin']

I took this week off from the App o’ so I could focus on putting the June issue of my magazine to bed. When the App returns next week, it’s going to be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There just doesn’t seem to be the interest in it to maintain a daily feature covering any [Read More...]

Bach Cantatas [App o' the Mornin']

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Today we have a guest post from my friend and former collaborator Gary Parker Chapin. We went on a bender in the early 90s and wr0te a best-selling* humor book called Sun Tzu’s Ancient Art of Golf. (Seriously, the entire thing came out of a Guinness tap from two young men under the influence of [Read More...]

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible Music Machine for the First Time

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Leonardo da Vinci sketched, but never built, this mechanical marvel, blending elements of harpsichord and viola to create something so far ahead of its time it was never built. Until now: Called a “viola organista”’ and looking like a steampunk baby grand, it’s been built by a Polish pianist and mechanic named Slawomir Zubrzycki. As [Read More...]


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