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The deep playlist of Generation Z

Reading Time: 5 minutes I started teaching college music courses in 1991. I was 28, just five years out of college myself. On the first day of my music appreciation class, I asked the students to name a few songs or bands that they liked to listen to, that they found interesting. There was some Nirvana, Nirvana was big […]

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Report: Sex abuse allegations against Christian singer Chris Rice ‘credible’

Reading Time: 3 minutes After 18 months, an investigation into alleged sex abuse by the Christian musician Chris Rice has found that the accusations against him are “credible.” It’s a remarkable fall for the singer, songwriter, and youth pastor. Rice’s history in the world of contemporary Christian music (CCM) is a fairly successful one. In 1998, he was nominated […]

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When mind and music fall apart

Reading Time: 8 minutes OnlySky · When mind and music fall apart | Dale McGowan My mom is slipping away. I don’t mean she’s dying, although she’s doing that too, gradually. But it’s her mind I’m talking about. And because it’s her mind, it’s her self, my mom, who’s slipping away. A few weeks ago she said, “I didn’t […]

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Solving the musical mystery of my life

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ever since I was a wee babe, one song always made me spontaneously burst into tears: “Wiegenlied,” better known as Brahms’s Lullaby: For at least the first 20 years of my life, just a few notes of Brahms’s Lullaby would draw a convulsive wet snurk from my face. My brothers would miss no opportunity. In the […]

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The most hopeful music in the world

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s hard to know when to broach the subject of mid-20th-century radical modernist composers with your kids. My daughter was six when I decided it was time. At bedtime one night I told her the story of a piece of music by John Cage—and this piece so captured her imagination that she still mentions it […]

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Thank no god for XTC

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the beginning, there was XTC. And by the beginning, I mean the dawn of the contemporary atheist awakening: the explosion of best-selling books by the New Atheists, the proliferation of thousands of humanist groups all over the world, the emergence of movements like Camp Quest, Black Nonbelievers, Ex-Muslims of North America, the Secular Student […]