Linescratching Post for the week of Feb 28, 2011

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Vol 1 No. 2, Week of February 28, 2011

In this issue: Gladys Knight, The Aquabats!, bands and people with rather more tenuous connections to Mormonism, a story about a ward talent show that you’ll not soon forget, Porter Rockwell, Spencer W. Kimball, and much more.

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Linescratching Post for the week of Feb 28, 2011

Pop Music and Theology? What is this… ?

My name is Troy Allan; I am an LDS Clinical Chaplain residing in Texas.  It is an honor to write a guest article for Linescratchers. Over the past few years, I have been involved with the study of popular music and theology. Currently, I am evaluating a project for my Doctorate of Ministry degree that has to do with popular music, theological themes, spiritual struggle and risk, and psychological health. I am also a doctoral student at Argosy University studying pastoral community counseling and again using more research than project evaluations on the same subjects. For me, popular/rock music is an essential part of spiritual life. I have a passion for music, theology and psychological health and believe there are plenty of virtues, lovely and praiseworthy things in popular music. Continue reading “Pop Music and Theology? What is this… ?”

Pop Music and Theology? What is this… ?

Benjamin Zabriskie

Back when I was on my mission in New Mexico, 2005, I received a CD in the mail of very interesting home recordings. Bending the mission rules just a bit, I gave it a listen and was floored by how unique the songs were.  Off the record, I put that CD into heavy rotation throughout my mission.  Now I admit, when you’re separated from most art forms for two years, your standards for enjoying music drop dramatically (one time I heard “The Reason” by Hoobastank at a supermarket and actually thought it was okay), but I was relieved that these tunes still hold up after six years.  This year I got another link of this musician’s music. His name is Benjamin Zabriskie, and his latest album, b. Report an Emergency, got a fair number of votes in the 2010 Linescratchers Awards. Benjamin is now at BYU, and has agreed to speak with us about his latest album, his recording process, and his take on faith and music in Utah. Continue reading “Benjamin Zabriskie”

Benjamin Zabriskie

“Teach Me How To Jimmer” official video

Young Sim sent this to me two days ago and put it up on YouTube yesterday.  Within a day it’s gotten tens of thousands of views.  I give you “Teach Me How To Jimmer” by the Feel Good Music Coalition, featuring Quinn, Kai, Kalin, Definit and Young Sim, and edited by Nic Goodfellow.

“Teach Me How To Jimmer” official video

The Archivist, vol. vi; Strawberry Hill

The Archivist returneth, with an account of another band with Providential provenance, to wit: Strawberry Hill. Herein ye may peruse an abridgment (the Archivist beggeth your patience, for it is six pages long) of the convoluted history of this visionary ensemble which, during its Twenty-First Century Schizoid Career, mingled with diverse sections of BYU’s populace, providing soundtracks to art exhibits and sci-fi author conventions alike. Though brought together by miraculous means, it is sad to relate that this musical partnership all too soon followed the course of most college bands.

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The Archivist, vol. vi; Strawberry Hill

Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS Music, Part III

What’s going on? Click HERE for an explanation and part I. Here’s part II. And here is part IV. Continue reading “Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS Music, Part III”

Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS Music, Part III