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Religious Music

Music Of World Religion Showcased In Full A Cappella Glory

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion

With religious tensions high around the world, one Chicago-based a cappella group is aiming to make a difference with the one tool it has: music. C...

The Ancient Musical Instrument That Will Sound For Rosh Hashanah

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

The Jewish New Year begins with the resounding cry of the shofar, an instrument made of ram's horn that has been in use for centuries. In Bamidbar ...

Mumford & Sons' Hootenanny For The Soul

Orange County Register/Religion News Service | Cathleen Falsani | Posted 06.27.2013 | Religion

By Cathleen Falsani Orange County Register (RNS) “Listen to the words,” the young woman behind me stage-whispered to her chatty date. “Are y...

God, Death And Modern Vampires

Elie Lichtschein | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Elie Lichtschein

How does one make sense of the interplay between man's finitude and the subtle hope for belief in something larger, some strain of religious life? Ezra Koenig, lead singer and lyricist for Vampire Weekend, has lately had this question in mind, if the indie-pop group's new album is any indication.

To Sing Is To Pray

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

Someday I might lose my chops; I fear a wobble has entered my voice already, a vibrato big enough to drive a truck through. But I will sing, sing at the top of my lungs until I can't anymore, I will sing with my last breath. It's all prayer.

Our Favorite Spiritual Songs - What Is Yours?

Posted 12.06.2012 | Religion

Music has been called the language of the soul and the sacred can be heard in songs across religious traditions. Every person has a favorite spiritual...

Investing In Faith: Religion May Help Retirees Stay Mentally Fit

David Briggs | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

It may be just as important for aging Baby Boomers to have invested in their spiritual lives as in their 401K plans, new research shows. Retirement planning is not all about the money.

Global Spirit: Music, Sound And The Sacred

Stephen Olsson | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Stephen Olsson

I have come to realize that I probably make films because I'm not a musician. I've always had a special admiration, perhaps it's a sweet envy, for the musically talented. Thankfully, music forms the emotional basis of most, if not all, filmmaking.

The Sound Of Joan Of Arc

Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts

In a rare and masterful combination of old avant-garde film and contemporary classical music, "Voices of Light" will provide a new, sensual experience...

A Space For Grace: Catching Song With Bobby McFerrin

Krista Tippett | Posted 08.17.2011 | Religion
Krista Tippett

He tilts his head upward, with a thoughtful smile, and says he was fascinated by the monastic rhythm of life that brought one, compulsively and predictably, back to an awareness of the presence of God.

Sacred Music Traditions Of The World (VIDEOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

There is something -- well, everything, really -- about that spiritual experience that is ineffable and eternally elusive. It's no wonder, then, that ...

Praying Through Music: The History Of Sacred Notation

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

The Catholic Church first truly cultivated the art of music as we know it. In the service of praising God, it fostered a number of innovations that inform the ways we create and transmit music even today.

Joan Baez: Blessed be the Barefoot Madonna and Her 50 Years of Peacemaking

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cathleen Falsani

As long as she's been singing, Baez has been singing for peace.