Josh Hurst Interviews Erin Zindle of The Ragbirds

I love The Ragbirds’ Yes Nearby more every time I listen to it… and I’m listening to it a lot these days.

Thus, I’m thrilled to see Josh Hurst has just published the first interview with Erin Zindle that I’ve come across, and it’s a keeper.

Here’s a snippet:

J: Let’s switch gears now and discuss your songwriting. Your songs have some pretty heavy explorations of faith-related issues, and it’s evident that you write from a Christian perspective, and yet, unlike a lot of the so-called Christian music out there, you avoid becoming preachy or clichéd. Is it hard for you to write and sing about your faith without compromising your art?

E: The question seems foreign to me – why would writing about my faith compromise my art in any way? Writing about life’s quirks or love or politics or faith – it all comes from the same pen out of the same heart and every word undergoes the same scrutiny. I try to stay detached from any cultural pressure to approach matters of faith with apologetics. In Native American cultures there is not a word for “religion” and “art” – these concepts are so intertwined into every part of everyday life that they don’t need a separate definition. When I write I draw from a well of all of my experience, all of who I am and what I think and feel, these things are not separate.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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