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The Making of a Saint: The Music of Good Saint Nathanael 

Hide No Truth, A Broken Heart, and Hope that Heals

The Sound of Silence: Jon Guerra’s New Album, Keeper of Days

A Remarkably Timely Track of Deep Inwardness and Longing

Let Heaven and Nature Sing: The Inspired Stories of Christmas Carols

Each December, my church hosts a carol sing in which the wider community participates. About a hundred people gather — families, college students, older folks, Christians and non-Christians — to sing through the wide Christmas canon, everything from “The Grinch” to “Silent Night.” After we run through a few songs, we descend onto the downtown […]

Therapy Time with Davie504

If you are not familiar with famous YouTuber Davie504, just ask one of the youth in your life and chances are they will know who you’re talking about. Davie504 is the smartest bass player in the world. Although the bass is not an instrument that gets a lot of attention, somehow Davie504 has created a […]

Stormzy Takes Glastonbury to Church

Stormzy is a star in the UK and has the following to prove it. He’s the first black solo artist headlining at Glastonbury, but who’d have thought that a pop concert with tens of thousands of people–and no Kanye–would become a worship service? The lyrics are spectacular and the whole scene is profoundly moving.


“Mockingbird Turns 10” Interviews: David Zahl

This is the first installment in a series of monthly-ish interviews between myself and various Mockingbird writers and members of the Mockingbird community. These posts will explore some aspects of each individual’s personal story and some aspects of Mockingbird’s larger story and ministry as we celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Charlotte Donlon: What has surprised you most […]

Finding Faith: Top Ten Albums of 2015

It’s that time of the year again, time for another top ten albums list. The more of these I write, the more I realize how futile it is to attempt to pick ten albums to represent the year in music. This year the task was made even harder by the launch of Impossible to Say, […]

Music for a Turbulent World: Top Ten Albums of the Year

2014, like many of the past few years, found me going through a number of transitions: moving to a new state, making new friends, starting at a new school, etc. As usual, music kept me company on long car rides and helped me persist through the emotional up and downs of starting over again. Alongside […]

The Chelsea Clintons Have Great Energy

An ingenious prank from Jimmy Kimmel, in which the Law of Cool is exposed in all its hilarity and absurdity and severity. But lest we pick on hipsters unfairly, this dynamic plays out just as blatantly in Bar Harbor as it does in Marin County or Austin. When confronted with an attribute with which we’ve identified ourselves, we will lie before admitting ignorance. Reminds me of that ultra-cool Stephen Merritt song about “the books you read, and the books you said you read”:

16 Horsepower Grace and the Music of David Eugene Edwards

When I’m in the studio I have the opportunity to do things in a certain way, and I try to make records more pleasant sounding, records that you can listen to while you’re sitting in your room. But live, I want to rip your throat off with the music, I want to beat you into […]

Amazing Grace – The Man (in Black) Comes Around

Last night at our weekly Mockingbird Hour we took at the life of music legend Johnny Cash. One of the things we read was Dan Haseltine’s (lead singer of Jars of Clay) foreword for The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash. It was so good that I thought I’d share it with […]

A MBNYC Conference Playlist

1. Today- Smashing Pumpkins 2. Omaha- Counting Crows 3. Jesus, What A Friend For Sinners- Matthew Smith 4. (Nothing But) Flowers- Talking Heads 5. Sometimes- James 6. Shady Lane- Pavement 7. On A Plain- Nirvana 8. Once- Pearl Jam 9. Climb to Safety- Widespread Panic 10. Screaming Infidelities- Dashboard Confessional 11. Song For a Future […]