Theology of the Arts – Part 4

  Welcome back to our brief(ish) four-part trawl through the murky waters of art theology. We began, effectively, by asking the question: “How do we answer when we’re asked to justify art?” This demand for justification is something that artists are familiar with. It might come from parents: “Don’t you…

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Theology of the Arts – Part 3

  Looking at Crutches (continued) Since we started the last two posts with a quote from a composer, I thought this time we would begin with a painter. Unfortunately I began my search amongst the sayings of Salvador Dali, and I’m still trying to recover. So instead, here’s a little…

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Friendly fire-the tech vs muso problem

Scenario: It's 5 minutes before the service is due to start and the band leader is getting stressed because the sound guy has had a battery-related catastrophe and is nowhere to be seen as he attempts to source new ones. Or the sound guy is getting frustrated and pleading for…

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Solo thinking part 3

Playing A Solo Instrument In A Band - Practical Basics After all that introspection, here are ten practical tips. I’m going to talk mostly about improvisation, since I’m assuming this is the area people have most questions about. What I have to say is pretty obvious, but sometimes the obvious…

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