Music



The Month I Hated Music

By Chris Thiessen

I knew my priorities in life were out of order. I knew it was making me anxious. I knew I needed a weekend away to go and sort out myself. I didn’t know that doing so would cause me to hate one of my greatest loves, music, as a result.

Read More ›

Requiem for 2020: An Interview with Rachel Wilhelm

By Jen Rose Yokel

I’m writing this from a sunlit cafe in Providence, where the daffodils and forsythia are finally blooming and everything feels right in the world. Sure, I’ve got a mask on my face to remind me that we aren’t entirely done with this pandemic yet, but somehow this particular spring almost feels like waking up after a long, exhausting year. And yet, for so many, the losses big and small remain. The ruins of the past year are still being sorted, named, grieved.

Read More ›

The Thick of Our Days: An Interview with Carolyn Arends

By Drew Miller

If you attended Hutchmoot 2019, you’ll remember that our keynote speaker was Carolyn Arends: a down-to-earth, razor-sharp songwriter whose stories, songs, and insights wove the themes of the conference together. For Carolyn, 2020 gave rise to two new projects: a full-length album called Recognition and a hymns EP called In the Morning. I recently had the opportunity for an in-depth conversation with Carolyn about her childhood love of songwriting, the unfolding of her career, her work as Director of Education at Renovaré, and the wonder of parables. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

Read More ›

Lent, Week 5: The Thick Darkness Where God Was

By Hannah Hubin

Like any production, we start with Act I.

I’ve thought about Moses a lot in the last year—bent and grey, hunched over some cut of stretched goat skin or the last bit of papyrus he’d been carrying around since the day he headed out from Egypt.

Read More ›

Hutchmoot Podcast & Video: A Theology of the Blues & Belonging

By The Rabbit Room

The Hutchmoot Podcast features some of our favorite sessions recorded at our annual conference which celebrates art, music, story, and faith in all their many intersections. Today, it is our pleasure to share Ruth Naomi Floyd’s session “A Theology of the Blues & Belonging” from 2020’s Hutchmoot: Homebound, in both video and audio form.

Read More ›

Lent, Week 4: An Image & A Song

By The Rabbit Room

The fourth in a weekly, six-part Lenten series exploring themes of human frailty and suffering through music, story, and art. This week’s post features art by Kyra Hinton and a live performance of “Wheel of Love” by Ella Mine.

Read More ›

Hutchmoot: Homebound 2021 Registration Now Open

By The Rabbit Room

This October, from North Wind Manor in Nashville, Tennessee, we’re once again sending you a taste of the Rabbit Room in the form of Hutchmoot: Homebound. Over the course of this multi-day digital event, you and your family and friends will be able to access a rich variety of content including music and, as always, sessions and workshops on art, music, and story from a variety of speakers. We even have a few surprises in store.

Read More ›

Sing the Bible, Vol. 4: Let’s Help Make it Happen!

By The Rabbit Room

Calling all music-loving kids, parents, and slugs named Doug: Slugs & Bugs is making a new Sing the Bible album, and you’re invited to help make it happen! In the words of Sparky the Lightning Bug, “Let’s get this slug started!”

Read More ›

The Local Show Streaming Edition: Live from North Wind Manor

By The Rabbit Room

We are so pleased to get to announce a brand new season of The Local Show, livestreamed from North Wind Manor, beginning on Tuesday, February 23rd with Andrew Peterson, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Ron Block, and Scott Mulvahill!

Read More ›

Nietzsche & the Promised Land

By J Lind

Let’s go back: it’s the day of my last album release. A year of DIY psychoanalysis, rice-and-beans budgeting, and humiliating sessions with Real Musicians has at long last culminated in these seven beautiful horcruxes being released into the digital aether in a modest attempt to satiate the world’s desperate need for more media. Does this make me a hero? A hero wouldn’t answer the question, so neither will I.

Read More ›

Ash Wednesday: An Image, A Song, A Liturgy

By The Rabbit Room

The first in a weekly, six-part Lenten series exploring themes of human frailty and suffering through music, story, and art. This week’s post features an image by Jamin Still, a song by Drew Miller, and a new liturgy by Doug McKelvey from Every Moment Holy, Vol. II.

Read More ›

Between Breezewood and Narnia: Introducing Zane Vickery

By Jen Rose Yokel

Sometimes, a piece of art emerges out of nowhere and catches you by surprise. For some of us, indie artist Zane Vickery’s debut Breezewood is that kind of record. Built on sweeping piano-pop melodies, heartfelt songwriting, and a deep love for stories (particularly Narnia in this case), these songs feel like the first hints of springtime in the dead of winter, an earnest wrestling with the broken pieces of the past and a longing hope for the future.

Read More ›