Head of Russian Orthodox Church believes in enlightenment via Rock Music

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Its nice to see the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, acknowledge that Rock Music can be a path to enlightenment, as quoted in a recent RIA article “Russian Church leader may attend rock music gig”:

Even if 100 or 200 people get their religious enlightenment from rock music, can we forbid it? A few words from rock musicians at a concert could have a greater effect than a long church sermon!

Granted, religious enlightenment may differ from non-religious enlightenment, but only by the words, rituals and social constructs involved.  The desitination is the same.   His Holiness Kirill was elected the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia on January 27, 2009, and appears to be pretty forward thinking, so perhaps he’s a U2 or Switchfoot fan.

Has any music enligthened you

Will U2’s New Album improve their legacy? I hope so.

U2  (Rolling Stone Magazine)

U2 (Rolling Stone Magazine)

I’ve always admired U2 for the band’s staying power and innovation.  You may remember the Zoo TV and Pop Mart tours, Bono’s phone call and message to the original President George Bush, the Apple commercials, the recent performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration and so many more great memories!

Its no secret that the band has touched on politics and spirituality over the years, and with The Edge’s trademark sound and Bono’s charisma and powerful lyrics, they’ve done so in a very moving ways.  The band has remained relevant longer than most and I’m really hoping that their latest album, No Line on the Horizon will further bolster their legacy as icons of music with meaning.  No Line on the Horizon comes out in the US on March 3, 2009 and the band is allowing pre-orders online (at 36% off – U2 Store at Amazon.com) in 5 different formats ranging from a standard CD to a fully-loaded box set.

The latest single, “Get On Your Boots,” which received comparisons to Vertigo from Rolling Stone Magazine, was a bit of a surprise to me, mainly b/c I didn’t like it until watching the video and their live version of the song during the 2009 Grammy Awards:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ7zKeYhU_8]

What’s your take on the first single?  How about the rest of the album?

A Capella Innovation: Vocal Play

Naturally 7

Naturally 7

Thanks to a recent article at ZDNet covering the latest TED Conference, I got to hear the remarkable A Capella sounds of Naturally 7, a group of seven musicians who practice something they call “vocal play.”

As ZDNet reporter Daniel Sieberg explains, “It’s hard to describe their act other than saying each of them used their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass instruments to guitars.”

Watch this video to discover them for yourself:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5MkNOXSdkA]

Epilepsy is Dancing: Jethro Tull meets Elvis, Morriseys and Buckley

Nick Knight

Antony and the Johnsons | photo: Nick Knight

I received another great email from fellow artist Lena Potapova today and I’m always so pleased to read them.  There is something personal, unique and at times fun(ny) about her writing, which you can see for yourself here on her blog and you can join her newsletter at http://www.reverbnation.com/lena

In her recent newsletter, she shared about an artist that sounds – at least to me – like a mix between Jethro Tull, Elvis, Morrissey, and Jeff Buckley (in a very good way).   Antony and the Johnsons is the artris and the first song on the Myspace profile is called “Epilepsy is Dancing!”   Clever. Yes, No?

Petition President Barack Obama to support the Arts

AP photo of Barack Obama on Foxforum.files.wordpress.com

AP photo of Barack Obama on Foxforum.files.wordpress.com

I received this announcement from Moses Avalon’s newsletter and thought it was well worth sharing.  If those who participate (creators and appreciators) in the Arts would sign this petition and share it with friends, could turn out well for all concerned!

“Announcement:

Dear Friends,
Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts.  While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position.  We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts–now more than ever.  Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html

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