A crack in everything

A crack in everything

By the early 80s, Cohen was exploring more spiritual themes – both in his life and in his writing. It’s here where Cohen starts to get really interesting – his observations about life are no longer from the perspective of the young man on the prowl, but an older and wiser man who is starting to lift his eyes upward.

The ultimate Christmas album?
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The ultimate Christmas album?

Music has a peculiar God-invested power to move us emotionally and spiritually. It aids us in lauding our God; in rejoicing in our salvation and all God’s other gifts; in celebrating our own milestones and achievements; in musing about life and truth; in grieving and lamenting loved ones and loss – and all of that the more so when combined with texts that proclaim biblical truth. No doubt that’s why the music of Christmas so draws us in.

This is our life

This is our life

There’ve been a good number of think pieces about The Hip over the past few months; pieces that have attempted to capture what this band means to Canadians, why this band never caught on below the 49th, how the band does or doesn’t challenge the thornier issues of Canadian identity.

A pianist’s neurons

A pianist’s neurons

On Sunday morning I was watching Cara DeHaan, who wonderfully edits my columns, play the piano for our worship service. She has musical talent I can only appreciate with my ears, not duplicate with my hands or mouth. While listening to her play, it struck me, given the way the body works, how miraculous is the ability to play the piano (or, for that matter, any musical instrument).