Music



The Second Muse: Taylor Leonhardt & Lucas Morton

By The Rabbit Room

In Season 2, Episode 10, Drew Miller talks with Taylor Leonhardt and Lucas Morton about the making of Taylor’s new song “Hold Still” from her upcoming album.

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Hutchmoot Podcast: Music for the Broken

By The Rabbit Room

In this conversation from Hutchmoot 2019, acclaimed jazz musician Ruth Naomi Floyd and author Mark Meynell use African American spirituals and the works of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich to examine the power of music and its ability to carry us through the darkest of human experiences.

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The Lost Art of Listening, Part 7: Can I Get a Witness?

By Pete Peterson

Several weeks ago when we began this series on the “lost art of listening,” I don’t know that any of us knew exactly where it would end up. But it’s been a delight to watch the topic develop and gather steam.

Andrew, Chris, Drew, Jennifer, Shigé, and Leslie have all articulated valuable facets of why and how we listen to music and carry it with us. It’s my turn now, and I came into this weekend, challenged to write something but honestly having no idea what I might be able to add to such a rich conversation.

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The Second Muse: Don Chaffer

By The Rabbit Room

In Season 2, Episode 9, Drew Miller talks with Don Chaffer about the song “Be Invisible” from his musical, The (Almost) Unforgettable Edwin Booth.

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The Lost Art of Listening, Part 6: A Scarcity of Mind

By Shigé Clark

When I was twelve years old, my parents bought me the 10th Anniversary Concert recording of Les Misérables on VHS. I’d begun to demonstrate a zeal for musicals, starting with the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, which I listened to on repeat until I could sing you the entire thing through—with all its varying parts—from start to finish. The only other musical recording we had was a VHS of CATS (which I also watched repeatedly and will unabashedly defend), and my parents figured that they ought to guide my budding passion toward a higher quality of musical theatre. Hence, my introduction to Les Misérables.

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He Will Redeem It All

By Melanie Penn

“He Will Redeem It All” started as a dedication to two friends—one had just lost her sister to cancer, and another unfairly lost his job. Both of these friends held their heads high during their trials, trusting that God would operate even while sorrow and uncertainty seemed to carry the day.

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The Second Muse: Ella Mine & Evan Redwine

By The Rabbit Room

In Season 2, Episode 8, Drew Miller talks with Ella Mine and Evan Redwine about the making of Ella’s song, “Sound & Fury.”

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The Lost Art of Listening, Part 5: The Case for Nostalgia

By Leslie E. Thompson

Here’s my great confession: If you were to look in my musical library and scroll through the albums, artists, and playlists I’ve curated over the years, it’s likely you would think I’ve listened to really terrible music.

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The Second Muse: Jeremy Casella & Ben Shive

By The Rabbit Room

In Season 2, Episode 7, Drew Miller talks with Jeremy Casella and Ben Shive about the making of Jeremy’s song, “Many Waters.”

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The Lost Art of Listening, Part 4: Chew the Cud

By Drew Miller

Recently I was struck by the surprisingly earthy language used by 15th century Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cramner to describe the ancient—and at first glance, rather lofty—practice of lectio divina. This practice consists of reading a passage of scripture aloud three times and meditating on various prompts between each reading. How could something like that be anything other than airy and “spiritual”? Ah, but read how Cramner described it:

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His Love, It Makes Us Younger: A Review of All Creatures by Rain for Roots

By Kelsey Miller

A few years ago, I arrived at a church choir gathering with friends of all ages. An elementary-aged girl had been dropped off by her parents and I noticed her sitting by herself with a shy smile. I smiled back and waved, taking a seat and settling in.

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The Resistance, Episode 18: The Lone Bellow

By Matt Conner

Zach Williams is worried about what you will think of him. Aren’t we all? For many people, the desire to live up to the expectations of others alters our everyday behavior. Actions are filtered through a series of questions, asking whether or not people will be angered, bothered, or burdened by that which we really want to say and do.

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