Ffm 2009



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


  • Toward a Theology of Independent Music - Kevin Erickson

    Toward a Theology of Independent Music - Kevin Erickson

    13/04/2009 Duración: 39min

    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.

  • When the Last Days Come - Micah Lott

    When the Last Days Come - Micah Lott

    13/04/2009 Duración: 26min

    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.

  • Dont Let Me Explode - Matthew Carillo-Vincent

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

    13/04/2009 Duración: 49min

    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.

  • Hot Soft Lights - Erin Keane

    Hot Soft Lights - Erin Keane

    13/04/2009 Duración: 18min

    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.

  • Hell Yeah! - David Horace Perkins

    Hell Yeah! - David Horace Perkins

    13/04/2009 Duración: 33min

    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.

  • I Bes Troubled - Stephen J. Nichols

    I Be's Troubled - Stephen J. Nichols

    13/04/2009 Duración: 27min

    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.

  • Music + Faith + Commerce? - Trey Many

    Music + Faith + Commerce? - Trey Many

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h39min

    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.

  • The Language of Faith - Tim Regan-Porter

    The Language of Faith - Tim Regan-Porter

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h02min

    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.

  • Music  Meaning - Robert Nordling  Benita Wolters-Fredlund

    Music & Meaning - Robert Nordling & Benita Wolters-Fredlund

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h15min

    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.

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

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

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h43s

    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.

  • How to Write a Great Song in Five (Not So) Easy Steps - Over the Rhine

    How to Write a Great Song in Five (Not So) Easy Steps - Over the Rhine

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h06min

    Every songwriter has to determine some criteria for doing his or her best work. How do you know if your own songs are approaching what you actually care about as a writer? Detweiler and Bergquist talk about what they're most drawn to as songwriters and explore what makes a song potentially great.

  • Junkyard Orchestration - Nathan Johnson

    Junkyard Orchestration - Nathan Johnson

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h02min

    This workshop provides a behind-the-scenes look at composing music for independent film. Using audio clips and images from his recent original scores for the acclaimed neo-noir film Brick and the upcoming The Brothers Bloom, Johnson explores specific creative challenges regarding structure, technology and the constraints of small-scale music production.

  • “Clenched Fists, Black Eyes” - Mary McCampbell

    “Clenched Fists, Black Eyes” - Mary McCampbell

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h06min

    In this session, Mary McCampbell examines the role of anger and lament in the music of The Sex Pistols, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, The Psalters and Sufjan Stevens. McCampbell also explores whether a punk rock aesthetic/message can inform our theologies of worship as we ask the following questions: can musical dissonance be part of worship? Can verbal violence be prophetic?

  • Worshiping Worship (Worshiping Ourselves) - Lenny Smith

    Worshiping Worship (Worshiping Ourselves) - Lenny Smith

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h17min

    A young college student is walking across campus, holding hands with his sweetheart. “I am beginning to think you really don't know me. After all, I have needs. I study all week and by the weekend, I need a break! Let me just go hiking on Saturday, like I planned, and on Sunday we can do the bike trip that I told you about last month. Okay? By the way, I think I like your hair that way." "I haven't changed my hair in weeks!" So too, many of our worship services are set up to be more about US than about the Other. As a result, we go home slightly depressed and "bored with ourselves." O, for an hour when I can totally forget about me and get enraptured with my Maker! "I'm a cosmic patriot, but it’s been so long since I've been blown away" (Dan Zimmerman).

  • Kenneth Thomas Interview by Chris Mills

    Kenneth Thomas Interview by Chris Mills

    10/04/2009 Duración: 51min

    In a conversation moderated by local DJ Chris Mills, Thomas talks about his story, spirituality, his work as a DJ and the communal nature of dance music.

  • A Junkyard Journey - Julie Lee

    A Junkyard Journey - Julie Lee

    10/04/2009 Duración: 57min

    Julie Lee is a visual artist as well as a singer and songwriter. She studied painting from the age of eight, but has found her voice as a collage artist in the junkyard, taking from the old and discarded to make something new that redemptively speaks to the present from the past. In this workshop, Lee shares about her personal "Junkyard Journey"—the redemption of all things old and new, lost and found, music and art, and how they are all so connected. A short lecture and presentation of her visual art and music is followed by a time for questions and discussion.

  • Radio Gaga - Jude Adam

    Radio Gaga - Jude Adam

    10/04/2009 Duración: 59min

    Is radio still the key to getting music to the masses, or a dinosaur killed off by the digital age? Tips on how to get your songs heard (and played) by taste-makers and radio programmers and how to keep your audience coming back for more.

  • Loving Christ, Hating Christian Rock - Jessica Hopper and David Bazan

    Loving Christ, Hating Christian Rock - Jessica Hopper and David Bazan

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h10min

    Music journalist Jessica Hopper and David Bazan (Pedro The Lion) discuss his lyrics, coming up in and out of the Christian music scene, reframing his faith in music and what it's like to be an artist straddling secular and non-secular worlds.

  • Taking It to the Streets - Jacque Rhodes

    Taking It to the Streets - Jacque Rhodes

    10/04/2009 Duración: 01h03min

    Would you be surprised if you picked up the latest Snoop Dogg CD, flipped it over to read the titles and found a track called, "Jesus Is My Lord and Savior?” It is common practice, and even expected, for a bona fide pop musician or rap artist to include "the gospel song” on his or her album. In this workshop, Jacque Rhodes discusses how gospel music has become interwoven with popular music and considers what influence popular music may be having on gospel artists.

  • Can Christian Music be Saved? - Grant Elgersma

    Can "Christian" Music be Saved? - Grant Elgersma

    09/04/2009 Duración: 54min

    One might argue that words are ill-equipped to capture what music is, which is the reason people are drawn to musical experience in the first place…so why try to stamp music with any kind of label or category? Well, it seems we just can’t help ourselves. This presentation explores how Christians talk about music that speaks for them. How might we broaden the conversation about what can be called “Christian?”

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