Apologies for the dearth of new posts--lots going on and it's not going to get any easier. I begin a two-week teaching intensive tomorrow--theology and popular music--should be fun and hopefully provocative. It's an introduction to music and cultural theory, meaning-making, genre-stuff--how to grapple with pop music and why it's a worthwhile effort. I don't really do 'christian' music in any shape or form--not interested, which usually is the first hurdle to get over--I should probably be more subtle and say that I don't have time, but the truth is I think it is a cul-de-sac in terms of the larger cultural conversation, so i don't go down it--well, not very far anyway. Going to start with augustine tomorrow--yes, Augustine--the development of Western music theory, followed by the disintegration of said shaping theory and the post-cartesian shape of pop music-then The Beatles vs. Elvis or something like that--down to the serious business in other words!!