Highlights from Image: Amazing Grace; Bono and Christian music

This new Image blog? I'm loving it. Brave, thought-provoking, substantial¬†new material every week.Check out A.G. Harmon's skepticism regarding the celebrated movie Amazing Grace.And Lukas Kwong's excellent consideration of church music and the Christian musician. Should Christian musicians be following Bono's example? Is Sufjan Stevens a good role model? … [Read more...]

“Bono’s Calling” – The Washington Post on “the One Man Who Can Unite Us”

Yesterday, as the first big snow of the year hit Seattle, I sat in Hotwire Internet Espresso Cafe and listened to the 20th anniversary, re-mastered version of U2's The Joshua Tree, which my friend Danny Walter had just picked up. And the thing just shines. It sounds better than ever, and the bonus disc of b-sides and rarities has some big surprises.So I've been thinking back about just how much inspiration I've drawn from their music, and how much I've learned about artistic integrity and … [Read more...]

Echoes of Pavarotti

Pavarotti's voice will never die. "Luciano Pavarotti was one of the finest singers of our time," the Royal Opera House in London said in a statement."He had a unique ability to touch people with the emotional and brilliant quality of his voice. He was a man with the common touch and the most extraordinary gift. He will be truly missed by millions," the statement said.To the shock of some classical music purists, the larger than life singer extended his appeal far beyond the operatic … [Read more...]

Achtung, Spider-man! (I am not making this up.)

What in the world?Bono and The Edge... writing a Spider-man musical... for Julie Taymor.Right.Sure.Why didn't I see that coming? … [Read more...]

Bono’s not a Christian Because He Cusses. Or So I’m Told.

This just came in as a comment on a previous post, but hey... I think it deserves a post all its own. … [Read more...]

More on U2′s New Material

Josh Hurst just discovered more on the current activities of U2 at, well, atU2.The other new song is "Windows in the Skies." With soaring strings and a haunting piano melody, the tune is remarkably different to the stadium rock sound of their recent smash hit album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It is huge but in a very different way and for a very different reason; Bono is learning to play piano. "I think that's going to be our biggest song in a long time. It's a psychedelic pop song … [Read more...]

The “If Jesus Came Back…” Award-Winner: Stephen Baldwin!

Reading this article in Salon, I'm inspired to hand out the first "If Jesus Came Back" award.What's that about?It's the award given in honor of that famous line spoken by Max Von Sydow in Woody Allen's film Hannah and Her Sisters: "If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he'd never stop throwing up."The award goes to... yes... Stephen Baldwin!Here's a few choice excerpts: … [Read more...]

Specials: FoxFaith, Leibowitz, and Bono

NEWMAN ON FOXFAITH Marc T. Newman challenges Christian filmmakers to seize the day.A SCI-FI CLASSIC Thomas Hibbs at The National Review celebrates one of my favorite sci-fi novels: A Canticle for Leibowitz.SOAKING IN VERSES FROM MATTHEW Jesus supercharges one man's zeal to help the poor, and once again, he does this through the ministry of Bono. "Bono doesn't have a lot of respect for the church, but he has a lot of respect for Christ," Jewett said, adding later, "I want people to be … [Read more...]

Steven Baldwin Bashes Bono

The outspokenly Christian Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin, has an autobiography coming out, and in it, he criticizes Bono for working so hard to help the poor in Africa. [Baldwin] writes of Bono in his upcoming autobiography THE UNUSUAL SUSPECT: MY CALLING TO THE NEW HARDCORE MOVEMENT OF FAITH, "You would do far more good if you just preached the gospel of Jesus rather than trying to get rid of Third World debt relief." Huh.So... Jesus didn't want us to spend time taking any action and … [Read more...]

While U2 prepares to record, Bono is taking piano lessons.

JAM! Showbiz reports that U2 is preparing to go back into the studio this summer.Wondering what might be different? … [Read more...]


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