Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Music by Michael J. Gilmour

By Michael J. Gilmour

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

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

Michael Gilmour's introductory essay supplies a state-of-the-discipline evaluate of study within the quarter. He argues that renowned songs usually draw from and "interpret" subject matters present in the conceptual and linguistic worlds of the foremost religions and demonstrate underlying attitudes in those that compose and devour them. He says those "texts" deserve extra severe research. The essays within the e-book begin an on-going dialog during this sector, bringing various methodologies to undergo on chosen artists and subject matters.

Musical kinds lined variety from heavy steel and rap to state, jazz, and Broadway musicals.

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Compared to the other titles for Jesus that Guthrie uses in the song, such as "Christ," "King," and "the Nazarene," "the carpenter" is the most frequent. 21. Klein (Woody Guthrie, 427-29) makes mention of an unpublished Guthrie song entitled "Jesus, My Doctor" which he penned during his final struggle with Huntington's. This song expressed Guthrie s hope that Jesus would heal him. " 22. Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present (rev. ; New York HarperCollins, 1995), 379-80.

6 He would often discuss biblical passages with friends and quote from Scripture "to fit virtually any situation/*7 Certainly, the Bible or, more broadly, religion had an enduring effect upon Guthrie's music. While Woody's radical politics propelled his music, biblical or religious language gave it expression. This is no more apparent than in his songs about Jesus. 1 saw how the poor lived, and then I saw how the rich folks lived, and the poor folks down and out and hungry, and the rich out drinking whiskey and celebrating and wasting handfuls of money on gambling and women, and I got [to] thinking about what Jesus said, and what if He was to walk into New York City and preach like he use[d] to.

I am not suggesting Aung San Suu Kyi influenced Bono here, just that the notion of rising up out of pain is a universal way of expressing hope for a better future, as is the travel motif discussed above. 26. Aung San Suu Kyi's Letters from Burma includes short introductions of fellow members of the NLD who have suffered for the cause of freedom. One of these individuals is Hsaya (teacher) Maung Thaw Ka, who was, among other things, a poet who not only wrote original pieces but also translated English poems into Burmese.

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