I’m happy to share a great piece by a great friend; scholar, musician and co-conspirator of shenanigans, Kevin Emmert. Kevin’s recent Christianity Today article traces the spiritual threads of popular new-folk rockers Mumford & Sons, and does it with style.
Last month, some 15,000 fans gathered in a small Illinois town, surrounded by miles of cornfields, for what was ostensibly a day-long music festival. But most of us who had come to Dixon, Illinois, for the third stop in the American Gentlemen of the Road tour weren’t there for the seven bands who whiled away the day. We were there for the headliners: the prodigious folk quartet known as Mumford & Sons.
After nearly six hours of musical performances, the time had come. The sun was set, the stage was black. Streams of tiny light bulbs were strung over the lawn, from the sound booth to the stage. But like the audience, they had yet to be electrified by the impending performance. At once, people could be seen on stage, and with the sound of a syncopated acoustic guitar, the crowd erupted in cheer as they recognized the opening chords to “Little Lion Man.” The roar of the crowd colliding with the music put me more at the scene of a victory celebration after battle than a folk festival.
Read Kevin’s full piece here. Much more thoughtful goodness after the jump.
Been office-dancing to this spicy and energetic EP, the former (2009) project of a friend’s former bandmate (now of Doctor). Five track album streams here or is available to download from Bandcamp should you so desire. Have fun.
Shout out to gentleman/scholar/beatmaster/beastmaster Kevin the Emmert for the heads up.
Enjoy this unusual portrait of my biggest musical man-crush, the venerable Nick Cave. Iconic image is the cover of The Boatman’s Call.
Cassette art by Erika Iris Simmons. More portraits can be found here.
Sorry for the paucity of posts recently, but I’ve been working on stuff like this.
Via the “Most Read” page on christianitytoday.org comes my recent Leadership Journal article. “The Big Reveal” focuses on a Wisconsin church’s challenges and strategies to increase biblical literacy and engagement.
Full article can be read here. Enjoy.
Photo credit. Cheers for the commons!
“…She saw the streak as a vast swinging bridge extending upward from the earth through a field of living fire. Upon it a vast horde of souls were tumbling toward heaven.
There were whole companies of white trash, clean for the first time in their lives, and bands of black niggers in white robes, and battalions of freaks and lunatics shouting and clapping and leaping like frogs. And bringing up the end of the procession was a tribe of people whom she recognized at once as those who, like herself and Claud, had always had a little of everything and the God-given wit to use it right. Read the rest of this entry »