The title of this dialogue, the persistence of song—which comes from a Howard Moss poem—describes what music does in my life (and yours, too, I suppose).  Music persists.  At any moment, I can conjure up a song lingering in my psyche.  There’s a (insert generationally appropriate metaphor:  mixed-tape, burned CD, or mp3 playlist) soundtrack cycle-repeating in my subconscious.

What I’m listening to, so often, describes what I’m feeling and desiring.  But music is more than personal; it’s communicative, as well.  For every melody we encounter, worldview is singing alto.

Our topic of discussion is (ir)religious music.  You’ll find me writing often about explicitly religious music, very often critiquing “contemporary Christian music.”  But I’m also very interested in how other musicians, not necessarily affiliated with this market, make religious expressions (sometimes quite unknowingly).

I make no grand claims regarding my credentials.  Like most of you, I’m a music-consumer.  I have from time-to-time poorly imitated some of my heroes’ work, but I’m certainly no artist.  All I have to offer is energy and thought.  That’s why I’m hoping for your participation.