Alabama’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones stopped by The Late Show last night to play a track from their new album Sea of Noise, and it captured the soulful passion the band is known for.
The song itself has some interesting spiritual undertones (Velvet fist in the gut / While everyone is slinging mud / Jesus found his politics / But nobody listens) and interesting contemplations (I can't tell what side I'm on / I can't tell what's right or wrong / We can't ever just sing one song), but like all the songs from the Motown-inspired band, it’s a lot of fun to watch being played live. Discuss
Gospel music star Kirk Franklin recently sat down with music superstar Pharrell Williams and radio DJ Scott Vener on the Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone to discuss religious beliefs, and the discussion went in an interesting direction.
Pharrell talked about why he thinks so many people have an aversion to religion in the first place. Essentially saying that he believes that some people don’t have capacity for religious belief:
I don't think the church gives enough credence to, like, science … There are departments in your brain for everything that you think. All of your thoughts come from your brain, that tissue, that muscle … and there's a part where it falls under religion. And there are certain people that just don't have that.
Pharrell then said that he suggests that people learn each other’s beliefs, even if it takes some unconventional methods to get them to read scripture:
I think a cool way to bring people together is to say, ‘Look, you don’t have to look at it in a religious or faithful way. Read it as a text.’ Replace the word ‘God’ with ‘the universe’ and it starts to make more sense, to you … Now, I know that there's power in that word [God]. I've experienced it. I've seen it. But everyone has their journey, and not everyone is going to believe
If you have a difference of opinion, I think it’s smarter for me to understand your difference of opinion, than to not know at all, and we’re always just mortal enemies and we don’t want to talk. I think the easy way for us to like get to know each other is to share each other’s beliefs and our difference and get to know them and to understand them.
Vener suggested using pop culture and works of curated art, music and literature to help communicate these types of ideas to unbelievers or people with deeper questions.
Franklin said that he sees a new wave of artists coming up that are challenging people to think about God and faith saying, “People are hungry, they’ve just been to some dirty restaurants.” Along with noting Kanye’s "Ultralight Beams" and the “gospel moments” in Chance’s new mixtape, Franklin even gave a shoutout to Lecrae as one of the artists pushing people to have deeper conversations.
Later in the interview, Pharrell says that he was raised listening to gospel, and talked about the impact that growing up in a spirit-filled church had on him later in life. “I just remember, like, the fire that you’d see in church. But because I was around it, i just thought everyone had experience that … Everyone’s seen people catch the spirit. Everybody’s seen, you know, when the spirit runs through the church.”
The whole interview is a fascinating look at Pharrell’s background, and Franklin's views on faith and music. And, even though not all Christians will agree with all of Pharrell’s believes or perspectives, the interview offers an interesting look at the upbringing and worldview of one of music’s biggest names. Discuss
Just days after releasing their first new song in three years, indie rock legends Jimmy Eat World, have dropped another track from their upcoming album Integrity Blues. The record was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, known for his work with acts including Beck, M83, Paramore, Tegan and Sara, The Naked and Famous and a ton of others.
By now, Switchfoot knows exactly what they’re doing—because they’ve been doing it for two decades. But that doesn’t mean it’s the same old music. We talked to frontman Jon Foreman about how their 10th album came from a whole new place. Read More