Download e-book for kindle: Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Music by Michael J. Gilmour

By Michael J. Gilmour

ISBN-10: 0826417140

ISBN-13: 9780826417145

-One of only a few books on faith and renowned music
-Covers quite a lot of musical types, from heavy steel and rap to kingdom, jazz and Broadway musicals
-The essays are written through lecturers and trained through their enthusiasm for the music


Many books have explored the connection among faith and movie, yet few haven't begun tested the importance of faith to renowned track. name Me The Seeker steps into that hole.

Michael Gilmour's introductory essay provides a state-of-the-discipline evaluate of analysis within the region. He argues that well known songs often draw from and "interpret" issues present in the conceptual and linguistic worlds of the key religions and display underlying attitudes in those that compose and devour them. He says those "texts" deserve extra critical research. The essays within the e-book begin an on-going dialog during this zone, bringing numerous methodologies to undergo on chosen artists and themes.

Musical types lined diversity from heavy steel and rap to nation, jazz, and Broadway musicals.

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44. , 124. 45. , 132. "Pastures of Plenty" is one of the twenty-six songs that Guthrie wrote for the Bonneville Power Administration in 1941. This song in particular expresses Guthrie s notion that government projects, such as the Grand Coulee Dam, would guarantee the people's control of natural resources, as opposed to private companies. 46. " 47. Hampton, Guerrilla Minstrels, 6. 48. Ibid, 4. 49. Ibid, 5. 50. Ibid. 51. Ibid, 5, 52-54. 52. Ibid, 5. 53. Ibid, 6. Dying becomes a significant development in the myth of the hero as seen in the examples of Christ, John Lennon, Joe Hill, and Woody Guthrie.

Stated plainly, "Jesus Christ" focuses on the past, whereas "Christ for President" looks to the present and the future. In "Jesus Christ" the story of Jesus is told as a past event, although Guthrie placed characters from his world into the song. The present implications of Jesus' preaching emerge 22 call me the seeker when Guthrie pondered what would happen if Christ was to preach in New York City in 1940 like he did in first-century Palestine. The focus of "Christ for President," on the other hand, is completely on the present and the future (Guthrie's present and his foreseeable future).

3. , 44. 4. Joe Klein, Woody Guthrie: A Life (New York Dell, 1980), 58-59. Klein recounts Woody's friendship with a Church of Christ minister, Rev. Eulys McKenzie, and his eventual baptism by immersion. 5. , 59. 6. Ibid. " 7. Ibid. 8. Liner notes, This Land Is Your Land, vol. 1 of TheAsch Recordings, 17-18. 9. The exception is Guthrie's mention of Judas Iscariot, an opponent of Jesus according to the Gospels. 10. Guthrie makes a direct allusion to Jesus' words about Judas Iscariot—"It would have been better for that one not to have been born" (Matt 26:24//Mark 14:21)—and reinterprets them as a condemnation upon the rich.

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