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    A Musical Sermon on Love

    Today, instead of just sharing a bunch of songs, I am going to preach through a musical sermon. Today, we will discuss the topic of love. Not just romantic love mind you – but love in general. We desperately need more love and less hate in this world. Those of you who live in the US know how divided our country has become. I will try to avoid politics, but the division in this country has gotten stronger and stronger for decades now. We keep finding more and more things to wedge between us. I almost feel like group A is against anything that group B is for, and vice…

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    The super duper, these are my unemployed emotions playlist!

    About a month ago I was laid off from a job that I had been at for nearly ten years. This is the first time in eighteen years I have been unemployed. A cornucopia of emotions hit me from the moment my now former boss broke the news to me. Some of these emotions are, of course, negative. I have felt despair, grief, anger, and etc. There are also a few positive emotions. I felt free, and maybe even a little happy and hopeful. As I have begun to search for a new job, these unemployed emotions continue. How do I deal with these, or really with any emotion –…

  • Musical criticism and commentary

    A factory showroom of They Might Be Giants

    I love They Might Be Giants. They have, over the years, earned a spot as one of my top three favorite bands (tied with U2 and The New Porngraphers). While they seem like a “funny” band at first, there is so much more to their music than humor. They Might Be Giants really dives deep into the human experience. Sometimes their lyrics are dark, but with a humorous sounding tone. Sometimes their songs are a three minute history lesson. Still – other times we find the songs of TMBG are pretty much a musical experiment – let’s make an interconnected loop of the lyrics. Regardless of the style – They…

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    Symphonic Metal Sampler

    Classical and Heavy metal music, at first glance, appear as fully opposite styles. Classical sounds gentle, and yet complex. Metal on the other hand sounds loud and perhaps a bit banal. Classical draws the ears of the elite, and metal draws a less refined ear. However, some bands have found these two seemingly opposite genres have a lot in common. The prog rockers of the 70s found this connection. Of course Queen provides the most famous example of this connection in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” A great many other bands have joined these pioneers. So many bands, in fact, that they have their own genre, often referred to as Symphonic Metal. Symphonic…