Sound Theology by Colleen Butcher

Surprised by Beauty

This week I discovered a new artist: Eva Cassidy. She’s not a youngster, or a newcomer to the creative scene. She can’t be pigeon-holed or limited by genre tags. And you won’t be able to see her in concert. But, thankfully, you can listen to her limited discography online, and that is truly a gift.

The friend who posted a link to Eva Cassidy’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow this week has impeccable taste and is a notable artist herself, so I trusted her recommendation. But I was not expecting the beauty and surprising genius that I heard. I finished listening to Over the Rainbow and searched for more. Eva’s authentic, inner, confident strength was tangible; her musical skill on the guitar, evident. But her voice – clear, gentle, direct – took my breath away. Her use of melody, and its improvisation, drew me in. I can’t get enough. read more…

The Queen of Soul

We have now have had a few weeks to reflect on the influence and impact of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Her music touched every genre and her artistry inspired vocalists and instrumentalists for generations. Her spiritual roots formed a foundation of generosity and respect (no pun intended J) that other artists emulated.

The playlists, the retrospectives, and the specials highlighting Aretha’s music have not generally included her gospel roots. This week includes an entire playlist of her gospel favorites.

Enjoy these beautiful songs of worship and praise. read more…

Musical Terroir –France

France has won the world cup, for only the second time in the tournament’s history. Thankfully, France’s classical composers have had many more successes on the world stage. read more…

Musical Terroir –Russia II

Tchaikovsky is arguably one of the best-known Russian composers; if you want to hear some of his music, you can find it in playlist #169 (last week).

This week’s playlist features Sergei Prokofiev. Although Prokofiev spent a significant amount of his adult life outside of Russia, he is considered one of the preeminent 20th-century composers. read more…

Musical Terror –Russian I

Soccer and Russia. These two things would not usually go together. But this year, Russia is hosting the World Cup. Russia is a powerhouse of classical music composers, so while the footballers play, let’s surround ourselves with some of the best music that reflects Russian terroir.

There are so many wonderful composers and performers; worthy of three weeks of playlists. This week: Tchaikovsky read more…