I like U2. They create music and lyrics that make me think. Their thoughtful lyrics are filled with symbolism and passion for "the least of these." Emotion flows through each musical note. Most of all, I appreciate their expressions of faith—even when they wrestle and struggle. And do they struggle. These guys are fragile and … Continue reading ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind:’ Songs for Sojourners
Have you ever seen jazz? That’s right – “seen jazz.” Have you seen it played, experienced it in person. I know you have heard jazz – at the movies, on TV (The Charlie Brown Christmas Special), on the radio. But if you haven’t seen jazz played live, you only appreciate a fraction of its beauty … Continue reading Have you seen Jazz?
I heard music the very first moment I set foot in New Orleans. It was the breathy sound of a steam calliope atop a paddleboat on the Mississippi River. The sounds of the city (one that I would later call home) made a great first impression. New Orleans is a city with a soundtrack, and … Continue reading A City with a Soundtrack
U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” used to bother me. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved the song since the first time I heard it. Sweeping lyrics, subtle (but stunning) guitars and a hopeful inflection all come together in a beautiful way. It’s my favorite U2 song. But for years, the … Continue reading U2, Theology and the Longing for Heaven