Posts tagged "The Magills"

Another Week Ends: Helpful Selves, Happy Meanings, Simple Saints, Good Bishops, Beloved Zombies and Portland Missionaries

1. Kathryn Schulz (of Being Wrong fame) wrote an article for New York Magazine that’ll get your motors running, “The Self in Self-Help.” It’s a bit of a conceptual quagmire to be honest, esp for those of us who consider God to be more than a metaphor, but it’s also pretty fun. Positively jammed with soundbites, a few of which include:

[The master theory of self-help] goes like this: Somewhere below or above or beyond the part of you that is struggling with weight loss or procrastination or whatever your particular problem might be, there is another part of you that…

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October Playlist

1. I’m Sorry – Hall & Oates
2. Meat City – John Lennon
3. Soily – Wings
4. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Tears For Fears
5. 11th Dimension – Julian Casablancas
6. Last Dance – The Raveonettes
7. Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
8. Jesus Christ – Big Star
9. Big Star Baby – Mojave 3
10. King Of Kings – Echo And The Bunnymen
11. Low Life Kingdom – Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar
12. What A Friend – The Magills
13. Underdog (Save Me) – Turin Brakes
14. I’ll Be Back – The Beatles
15. Someday I’ll Be Forgiven For This – Justin Townes Earle
16. I and Love and You…

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The Magills and The Kings County Sound

As we all know, contemporary Christian worship music is a very tricky proposition. Forget indie rock with all its cooler-than-thou do’s and don’ts, forget pop with its lowest-common-denominator pressures, etc – there is no genre that is more difficult (impossible?) to do well than contemporary Christian worship. I’m not talking about modern hymnody, which is another matter altogether. I’m talking about worship/praise music.

For starters, writing a worship lyric that is both emotionally and theologically engaging is no easy task. The horizontal “me-centered” stuff tends to put words in the mouths of unsuspecting worshippers, making assertions and promises that in practice…

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