Saturday, July 29, 2006

Musical Journey

This summer I've been listening to a lot of music. This is in part because I've discovered you can interlibrary loan just about anything on CD, so I get on "linkcat" and call up titles. But it's also because there is just so much good music out there.

Read a review in the latest Sojourners about the "anti-folk" movement, and discovered there is Christian music out there that is more my genre than the typical stuff you might hear on your local Christian radio station. My first discovery was Sufjan Stevens. I had gotten his Illinoise a while back and loved it. Now discovered that his record label, Asthmatic Kitty, has, for example, this new album by Half-handed Cloud that is, well, just fascinating.

So, in addition to Jonathan Rundman, you can now add this record label to your list. While you're at it, try Iron & Whine, Innocence Mission, Calexico. You'll soon be able to tell that my musical tastes have switched over, at least in part, to great music that is also listenable for small children, softer more melodic.


  1. Greetings from Ohio....Found your blog throught the Lutheran. Anyway, I thought I'd put in my two cents with another musical suggestion for you: Over the Rhine. The latest two albums, Ohio, and Drunkard's Prayer might be up your alley. The husband and wife team who are the core are part of my church family here in Cincinnati. It's great music by Christians who don't hesitate to let their faith show right along with their warts. It would never get played on CCM radio, but truth be told, I wouldn't listen to it if it did....

  2. Thanks for these recommendations. I will definitely check them out. Back at ya, consider looking at music from Rachel Kurtz and Kent Gustavson.