Category archives for music
The human person, like Israel, is invited, expected, and insistently urged to engage in a genuine interaction that is variously self-asserting and self-abandoning, yielding and initiative-taking.
Walter Brueggemann, Theology of the Old Testament
Let’s be real: it’s been a tough summer. It’s been a really good one, I wrote a week or two ago, “oddly and unexpectedly.” Barefoot sidewalk, brambley, pebbly, climbing, sitting, solitary summer (blackberries really do have thorns: they are brambles, Sleeping Beauty-style!); a photogenic one, but a difficult one, but a good one.
Nolan and I were in the car on Sunday waiting for the bridge to go down, playing KANYE (the song, not the artist) very, very loudly with the windows down, and it was so so so good. Maybe a few days here and there have been enough to make it a social summer, quiet as it’s been. This morning became much better with the song coming on again, loud loud loud in my ears.
O Friends, I’ll love you ’til the record stops. Which, really, is never.
Why have I never seen, in real life or on TV, someone put an iPhone in their back pocket for a life soundtrack/dance number? Yeah, I can tell you it’s a good idea.
Also, lots of espresso.
Tonight I’m catching up on emails and drinking hot chocolateand listening to Sufjan Stevens’ All Delighted People, an album with always increasingly complex questions and feelings every time I listen. I want to urge you to hear, absorb, and think. Lie on your back on your floor, close your eyes, and absorb music and lyrics. Listen.
It’s quiet at home. Madeleine’s gone back to school, antsy in the house that we were supposed to be out of by now. Snow and rain somewhere on this continent cancelled the trip we were supposed to make this morning. My plotted calendar and packed bag look like strange leftovers of a dream or an April Fool’s; cruel or funny, I’m not sure. I was eating brunch in South Philly as I should have been moving over clouds and mountains.
Go, now; listen, think, do some reading. I’ll be back here for you tomorrow.
Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity.
Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15, New International Version
Still immersed in Fitzgerald for a paper drawn out long past the end of the semester, and I don’t mind at all. So good.