Theology Lesson: Rise and Converge
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The Carter Family - "Church in the Wildwood"

What starts out as a nostalgic remembrance of a childhood spent at the "church in the wildwood, the church in the dale," turns into a beckoning proselytization. They want us to come to the church, and frankly it sounds good. So, I'm going. How am I going to get there, you ask? I'm going follow that bassline right into the wildwood, into the dale, coaxed all the way by the vibrato vocal harmonies, to that little brown church. I'll follow that bassline right through the pearly gates, into god's arms. And though I'm an atheistic Jew, I'm going to like it there, because I'll be with the Carter Family, who are basically just like my family, except Christian and excellent harmonizers. [Buy]


Galaxie 500 - "Ceremony"

Sometimes two things come together to form such a righteous and holy union that it makes you wonder why atomic entities still exist. Such is the case with Galaxie 500 and Joy Division, a coming-together like Adam and Eve, Abelard and Heloise, Rodgers and Hart, and pb and j. [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at November 17, 2005 12:59 PM

1) Did you know Abelard and Heloise's son was named Astrolabe? He was.

2) Does "atomic entities" mean people like Galactus and Megaman?

3) I bet your mum is an excellent harmonizer.

4) Thank you for the beautiful music.

Posted by Sean at November 17, 2005 1:28 PM

1) I did not know that, and yet independently named my son Astrolabe. Weird.

2) Exclusively.

3) I am a big fan of my mom's singing, but since none of the rest of us can sing, no harmonizing takes place.

4) No problem, man.

Posted by Jordan himelfarb at November 17, 2005 2:54 PM

the first bassline i ever learned.

Posted by bimal at November 17, 2005 4:58 PM

Minor question/quibble: Wasn't "Ceremony" actually early New Order? I'm sure Joy Division performed it, but I recall it as a New Order release. Yes? No?

Posted by R. at November 18, 2005 11:07 AM

R., you pushy bastard: Yes, Ceremony was a New Order release, but it was first recorded by Joy Division (included on Still). If it were a New Order song, the union would be more like that of Sartre and de Beauvoir, or of pb and h(oney).

Posted by Jordan at November 18, 2005 1:11 PM

Sorry for the pushiness.

I knew that 'Ceremony' was right there on the Joy Division/New Order dividing line. I have distinct recollections of playing my older brother's 12" over and over. In this particular case, it's correct to ascribe it to either band.

Posted by R. at November 21, 2005 3:48 PM

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