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Audio from Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Music 2009.

Latest Episodes

Toward a Theology of Independent Music - Kevin Erickson

What is independent music? Where did it come from and why does it matter? Can creative choices about the production and distribution of art be spaces of cultural & social change as powerful as the works themselves? What would Gustavo Guiterrez think of Fugazi? Drawing on insights from Andy Crouch, Cornel West, and others, Erickson sketches out answers to these questions, and also explains why it’s probably a bad idea to turn your church’s youth room into an all-ages venue.

39 MIN2009 APR 14
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Toward a Theology of Independent Music - Kevin Erickson

When the Last Days Come - Micah Lott

Over the past two decades, John Darnielle of the The Mountain Goats has crafted a remarkable collection of songs, distinguished by lyrics of high literary quality. One notable feature of Darnielle’s song-writing is his frequent use of eschatological language and imagery. This paper examines the “logic of eschatology” in Darnielle’s song-writing, paying special attention to themes of suffering, justice and hope.

26 MIN2009 APR 14
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When the Last Days Come - Micah Lott

"Don't Let Me Explode" - Matthew Carillo-Vincent

In linking our struggles in faith with the rigid demands of gender, The Hold Steady’s 2005 album Separation Sunday offers a conversation about ethics and empathy as a new way of thinking through the politics of masculinity at the beginning of the 21st century.

49 MIN2009 APR 14
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"Don't Let Me Explode" - Matthew Carillo-Vincent

Hot Soft Lights - Erin Keane

The Hold Steady’s songs explore the struggles of ripping highs and exquisite, sketchy lows of clever kids, townies and a host of apocryphal characters in their hungry—and often violent—search for grace, their fatal flaws and dubious virtues given equal spiritual weight. An ornate thread of mysticism shoots through lyricist Craig Finn’s narrative as God is revealed to punks and skaters through frightening visions and bold transfigurations.

18 MIN2009 APR 14
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Hot Soft Lights - Erin Keane

Hell Yeah! - David Horace Perkins

For creators and performers of American or Southern Gothic music, symbols of stereotyped Southern religion—emotionally charged revival, errant preachers, the amen corner, mourner’s bench, serpent handling, curses, damnation and divine retribution—find a place of prominence not only as fodder for songs, but as pillars of a vibrant live performance scene. This paper asks what kinds of cultural capital these symbols have both for the artists who employ them and for their audiences.

33 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
Hell Yeah! - David Horace Perkins

I Be's Troubled - Stephen J. Nichols

Blues music, with one foot in the church and the world of the African American spirituals and another foot in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, exhibits a profound theological interpretation of life. The music of Muddy Waters, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson all has something to teach theologians. Their experiences made them keenly aware of life under the curse. Their craft provided the means for expressing it.

27 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
I Be's Troubled - Stephen J. Nichols

Music + Faith + Commerce? - Trey Many

In this workshop, Trey Many discusses the odd impact of having one’s faith associated with their music career, mainly focusing on Christianity and its role in popular music. Topics include the demonization of secular music within the church, the possible motivations for musicians have for publicly declaring their faith, and why Christian Rock’s dream of mainstream acceptance being realized may eventually destroy its market share.

99 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
Music + Faith + Commerce? - Trey Many

The Language of Faith - Tim Regan-Porter

How do we talk about faith to those outside the faith community, as well as within it, in ways that promote understanding? It’s not just the vocal firebrands of “the religious right” that alienate. Too often, the language we use in everyday conversation comes across as foreign or inauthentic. The co-founder of Paste magazine explores the thorny semantics of faith, starting with the often-overlooked language divide between evangelical and mainline Christianity.

62 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
The Language of Faith - Tim Regan-Porter

Music & Meaning - Robert Nordling & Benita Wolters-Fredlund

We are saturated with music, and not only from what we intentionally listen to. Advertisements, sound tracks, commercials, car radio, our iPods set on shuffle as we work out…all these sources of music feed (force feed?) us an almost constant stream of music. But just what is music telling us? Lyrics and text aside, what is going into our ears, as we listen either actively or passively to music? Two Calvin music professors consider several points of view around the issue of music and meaning, including whether music is language; how music communicates meaning and mediates communication; and how we might take responsibility for how we listen. The presentation includes examples of music, both recorded and played live.

75 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
Music & Meaning - Robert Nordling & Benita Wolters-Fredlund

Gender Inequities, Community and Change in Electronic/Dance Music - Rebekah Farrugia

This workshop will examine the everyday assumptions, language, actions and texts that situate women on the margins of electronic/dance music (E/DM) culture. Drawing on five years of interviews with female DJs and producers, Farrugia explores how their stories both structure and are structured by personal meanings and experiences in the E/DM scene. Ultimately, these meanings and experiences are bound up with larger gendered narratives and organizational practices. Of great significance is the finding that community building is an essential element to women’s ability to call themselves DJs and is a necessary next step in increasing the number and visibility of women who produce electronic music.

60 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
Gender Inequities, Community and Change in Electronic/Dance Music - Rebekah Farrugia

Latest Episodes

Toward a Theology of Independent Music - Kevin Erickson

What is independent music? Where did it come from and why does it matter? Can creative choices about the production and distribution of art be spaces of cultural & social change as powerful as the works themselves? What would Gustavo Guiterrez think of Fugazi? Drawing on insights from Andy Crouch, Cornel West, and others, Erickson sketches out answers to these questions, and also explains why it’s probably a bad idea to turn your church’s youth room into an all-ages venue.

39 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
Toward a Theology of Independent Music - Kevin Erickson

When the Last Days Come - Micah Lott

Over the past two decades, John Darnielle of the The Mountain Goats has crafted a remarkable collection of songs, distinguished by lyrics of high literary quality. One notable feature of Darnielle’s song-writing is his frequent use of eschatological language and imagery. This paper examines the “logic of eschatology” in Darnielle’s song-writing, paying special attention to themes of suffering, justice and hope.

26 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
When the Last Days Come - Micah Lott

"Don't Let Me Explode" - Matthew Carillo-Vincent

In linking our struggles in faith with the rigid demands of gender, The Hold Steady’s 2005 album Separation Sunday offers a conversation about ethics and empathy as a new way of thinking through the politics of masculinity at the beginning of the 21st century.

49 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
"Don't Let Me Explode" - Matthew Carillo-Vincent

Hot Soft Lights - Erin Keane

The Hold Steady’s songs explore the struggles of ripping highs and exquisite, sketchy lows of clever kids, townies and a host of apocryphal characters in their hungry—and often violent—search for grace, their fatal flaws and dubious virtues given equal spiritual weight. An ornate thread of mysticism shoots through lyricist Craig Finn’s narrative as God is revealed to punks and skaters through frightening visions and bold transfigurations.

18 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
Hot Soft Lights - Erin Keane

Hell Yeah! - David Horace Perkins

For creators and performers of American or Southern Gothic music, symbols of stereotyped Southern religion—emotionally charged revival, errant preachers, the amen corner, mourner’s bench, serpent handling, curses, damnation and divine retribution—find a place of prominence not only as fodder for songs, but as pillars of a vibrant live performance scene. This paper asks what kinds of cultural capital these symbols have both for the artists who employ them and for their audiences.

33 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
Hell Yeah! - David Horace Perkins

I Be's Troubled - Stephen J. Nichols

Blues music, with one foot in the church and the world of the African American spirituals and another foot in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, exhibits a profound theological interpretation of life. The music of Muddy Waters, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson all has something to teach theologians. Their experiences made them keenly aware of life under the curse. Their craft provided the means for expressing it.

27 MIN2009 APR 14
Comments
I Be's Troubled - Stephen J. Nichols

Music + Faith + Commerce? - Trey Many

In this workshop, Trey Many discusses the odd impact of having one’s faith associated with their music career, mainly focusing on Christianity and its role in popular music. Topics include the demonization of secular music within the church, the possible motivations for musicians have for publicly declaring their faith, and why Christian Rock’s dream of mainstream acceptance being realized may eventually destroy its market share.

99 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
Music + Faith + Commerce? - Trey Many

The Language of Faith - Tim Regan-Porter

How do we talk about faith to those outside the faith community, as well as within it, in ways that promote understanding? It’s not just the vocal firebrands of “the religious right” that alienate. Too often, the language we use in everyday conversation comes across as foreign or inauthentic. The co-founder of Paste magazine explores the thorny semantics of faith, starting with the often-overlooked language divide between evangelical and mainline Christianity.

62 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
The Language of Faith - Tim Regan-Porter

Music & Meaning - Robert Nordling & Benita Wolters-Fredlund

We are saturated with music, and not only from what we intentionally listen to. Advertisements, sound tracks, commercials, car radio, our iPods set on shuffle as we work out…all these sources of music feed (force feed?) us an almost constant stream of music. But just what is music telling us? Lyrics and text aside, what is going into our ears, as we listen either actively or passively to music? Two Calvin music professors consider several points of view around the issue of music and meaning, including whether music is language; how music communicates meaning and mediates communication; and how we might take responsibility for how we listen. The presentation includes examples of music, both recorded and played live.

75 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
Music & Meaning - Robert Nordling & Benita Wolters-Fredlund

Gender Inequities, Community and Change in Electronic/Dance Music - Rebekah Farrugia

This workshop will examine the everyday assumptions, language, actions and texts that situate women on the margins of electronic/dance music (E/DM) culture. Drawing on five years of interviews with female DJs and producers, Farrugia explores how their stories both structure and are structured by personal meanings and experiences in the E/DM scene. Ultimately, these meanings and experiences are bound up with larger gendered narratives and organizational practices. Of great significance is the finding that community building is an essential element to women’s ability to call themselves DJs and is a necessary next step in increasing the number and visibility of women who produce electronic music.

60 MIN2009 APR 11
Comments
Gender Inequities, Community and Change in Electronic/Dance Music - Rebekah Farrugia
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