Sufjan Stevens: The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!

Stuff Aesthetic Fascists Like: Of all the singers populating my ears over the years, none has provided more habitual companionship than Sufjan Stevens. His music is a soundtrack to my life, which has a certain fittingness because we were both born in the same year. It is never easy to articulate why one singer becomes a resonant voice over another. But …

Sufjan Stevens: The Transfiguration

Stuff Aesthetic Fascists Like: Of all the singers populating my ears over the years, none has provided more habitual companionship than Sufjan Stevens. His music is a soundtrack to my life, which has a certain fittingness because we were both born in the same year. It is never easy to articulate why one singer becomes a resonant voice over another. But …

Sufjan Stevens: For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti

Stuff Aesthetic Fascists Like: Of all the singers populating my ears over the years, none has provided more habitual companionship than Sufjan Stevens. His music is a soundtrack to my life, which has a certain fittingness because we were both born in the same year. It is never easy to articulate why one singer becomes a resonant voice over another. …

Heavenly voices

CBS Sunday Morning is one of my favorite television programs because of its focus on the arts and culture. Here are two memorable segments on ecclesial music. The first is especially meaningful to me as a former student at New College, Oxford University, where I regularly attended the evensong service to hear the voices of …

Sufjan Stevens: “The Only Thing” and “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”

Sufjan Stevens has released his latest studio album, Carrie & Lowell. Reviews can be found below. Here are my favorite two songs on the album with lyrics. https://youtu.be/adKEqin5SoI The only thing that keeps me from driving this car Half-light, jack knife into the canyon at night Signs and wonders: Perseus aligned with the skull Slain …

Sufjan Stevens, Music, and Christianity

David Roark, How Sufjan Stevens Subverts the Stigma of Christian Music (The Atlantic): The general consensus is that, when it comes to music, Christians tend to make, “devotional artifice” and “didactic crap," at least in the words of the singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. Stevens, both a Christian and musician, nevertheless stands in stark contrast to those …

U2 Covers

The trailer to "The Impossible" hooked me with Damien Rice's cover to the U2 song "One," which belongs to a tribute album, "(Ǎhk-to͝ong Bāy-Bi) Covered." While nothing compares to the original, I was pleased with these U2 covers. Damien Rice – "One" Patti Smith – "Until the End of the World" The Killers – "Ultraviolet …