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A Prayer for Corporate Worship at the Beginning of a New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope 2021 has started well for you.  May God grant us grace to survive and thrive amidst whatever comes our way over the next 12 months.  Doctoral dissertations in sociology will be written in the years … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Worship in the Academy at the End of a Rough Year

We celebrated the blessed end of a really difficult semester this past Saturday in the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts at Judson University.  (OK, we really celebrated Christmas, as is our wont in early December, but this … Continue reading

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A New Christmas EP That Put a Smile on My Face This Weekend

At the end of a sometimes frustrating week, at the end of an often difficult semester, and at the end of a frequently laborious year (but at the beginning, praise God, of a still hopeful Advent season), I was made … Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 10

Very rarely do the best baseball players turn into the best managers.  Sparky Anderson’s lifetime batting average was .218; Tony LaRussa’s, .199.  Mediocre numbers on the field didn’t stop either from becoming the only two managers to win a World … Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 8b

“I’m not advocating that level of scrutiny for cwm necessarily, but it would be nice to get a sense periodically that an inner critic was at work a bit more often in cwm.” Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 8a

As was the case with Bob Dylan, I came late to the Leonard Cohen party, and I’ve been catching up ever since. Non-aficionados will at least recognize “Hallelujah,” his best-known song, one covered by a slew of artists over the … Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 7b

We feature more this week from the always mercurial, occasionally obnoxious, often puerile, never boring mind of Frank Zappa, courtesy of the interview conducted by Paul Zollo in his Songwriters on Songwriting. As noted earlier, though Zappa died in 1993, … Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 7a

“Until [there is a change in attitude at the distribution level], there is little hope that a person who is doing anything other than formula swill will have an opportunity to have his music recorded, let alone transmitted.” Continue reading

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Songwriting Tips from the Experts, Part 6b

Two weeks ago we heard from Jimmy Webb in this ongoing series on some of the best songwriters of the 20th century. Webb’s father was a Baptist minister for 20+ years, and Webb cites his time in church as formative … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Educators at the Dawn of a New Academic Year

We interrupt this series providing songwriting tips from some of the best songwriters of the 20th century to offer a prayer for educators at the dawn of a new–and highly unusual–academic year. In a weekly e-mail of encouragement Judson University’s … Continue reading

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