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Listening to Popular Music: Compass: Christian Explorations of Daily Living

Author: 
Don H. Compier (Author) David H. Jensen (Editor)
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Description

Many Christians regularly enjoy listening to rock and roll, blues, country, and hip-hop while driving in the car, jogging, or relaxing in the den, and most would not censor lyrical themes rarely found in "Christian music." Often we justify our practices by describing this guilty pleasure as just entertainment or relaxation, accepting the divide between what liturgical theologian Don Saliers has called "Saturday evening and Sunday morning".

Reflecting on music from the Beatles to Los Lobos, Don Compier argues that Christian faith shapes what we hear while in turn positively contributing to Christian spiritual formation. In exploring how musical styles have been received and resisted throughout Christian history, and critically engaging issues of commerce and social justice, he shows how attention to the situated spirituality of listening breaks down the supposed split between the "sacred" and the "secular" in contemporary Western culture.
ISBN: 
9780800698911
Price: 
$15.00
Release date: 
February 1, 2013
Pages: 
128
Width: 
5
Height: 
7.75

Endorsements

"In Listening to Popular Music, Don Compier turns out a masterful conversation between popular culture music of our time and the mainstream Western theological tradition. The result is an immensely readable foray into beats and steps, alongside the Word and words of crooners theological and musical, offering a mellifluous riff at the crossroads between popular creativity and venerable tradition."
—James Perkinson
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Detroit, Michigan