The Imitation of Christ was originally written in the Middle Ages by a monk, Thomas A. Kempis. It’s mind blowing devotional literature, to use the modern expression, but firmly in keeping with the essence of the best Christian devotional literature that points to God.Continue reading “The Imitation of Christ”
Amadeus (1984) is based on the play by Anthony Shaffer, who wrote the screenplay, who seems to take liberties from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life. It imagines his descent at the hands of Austrian composer Salieri, perhaps who had a good relationship with Mozart in actual history, but in this film is filled with jealousy at Mozart’s gift and plans his downfall.Continue reading “Amadeus (1984)”
An ode to show business about a washed-up movie actor and dancer (played by Fred Astaire) who is seeking a comeback in a new show about Faust. The kind of show is against his instincts, but he is persuaded to star in. However, it is a musical which doesn’t have much popular appeal, so the producers decide to make the show more appealing with several upbeat routines. The Band Wagon is not so much a strong narrative as showmanship. It fails to impress when it relegates Faust—portrayed in this as a story about temptation and damnation—to the too hard basket, instead favouring the comforts found in escapism. Although this is about the merits of entertainment, it is not so much of an exciting musical, but about a minute of “Girl Hunt”—by far the best segment—stands out.
2 stars out of 5 stars
It was a cold, dark, rainy night but Ron Kenoly fans braved the weather to see him live in concert at Lower Hutt Town Hall on Saturday 14 July.Continue reading “Ron Kenoly in concert”
When leading New Zealand ‘underground’ artist Derek Lind performed at last January’s Parachute Music Festival he gave us a taste of his not-yet released new album. That Saturday night at the festival the atmosphere was electric, charge with anticipation—an atmosphere reflected in this album, which bubbles with poetic honesty.Continue reading “Stations (1994) by Derek Lind”
Supertramp’s album Breakfast in America (1979) seemed to be about the need to feed the spiritual appetite when there is a decline of spiritual values. Perhaps the album hit a nerve during a darker period of cinema; Breakfast in America was the progressive rock/pop band’s most popular album (selling 20 million copies). It is the one album that stands out for me in the band’s repertoire.Continue reading “Breakfast in America (1979)”
I think this is an interesting article to share, but may not be to everyone’s taste. Particularly interesting is the following point:
I have heard a number of New Zealand pastors and worship leaders express a concern that worship and music have virtually become synonymous-Steve Worsley, pastor.
Here’s the article I wrote in 2007, for Challenge Weekly.Continue reading “Music and worship”
Does a word or string of words catch on more colorfully when sung by someone than reading them in the quiet of one’s soul?Continue reading “The colours in song and verse”
I have vastly underrated U2’s The Joshua Tree album over the last couple of years, but it is a great album once I got over the hurdles, hurdles that I ignored in times past for the love of the album. One of those hurdles was coming to terms with the song I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.Continue reading “I found what I was looking for in this U2 song”
The Joshua Tree (1987) is an album I vastly underrate. Actually, I now rate it as one of the year’s best, but I always had a soft spot for it. First, my reservations.Continue reading “The Joshua Tree (1987) by U2”
If one can stumble on writing with the music of language as one’s friend, one has an ally in writing. For the music of language plays like a piece of music in a piece of writing. How one gets to play music through writing may be a mystery. For some it comes natural. If one can play music when one writes, one has a wonderful thing. When one knows one writes with the music of language, one can hone and work on it to one’s satisfaction, and play beautiful music when one writes.
Billy Joel is a consummate, highly skilled storyteller in song. His songs always hit the mark in dealing with life, living, the human condition and relationships. He is so accurate and observant.Continue reading ““Second wind””
The MC talked about his relationship with God
Like he had found a buddy,
Saying, God is my homey brother,
Big Ted when I’m in bed
And suffering with pain,
I go to the man
At the top of the chain
And God heals my pain