Music Mondays

Monday, August 14th (Music Monday)

Hello, beloved Pub Theologians,

Are you ready for Music Monday?! We are back at the public theologizing this week, so come and join the discussion at Life’s Too Short Brewing Co. in NW Rochester from 5:30-7pm. All are welcome.

This week’s topic comes to us via two interesting voices: the Gospel according to Saint Matthew’s Community of the First Century and Thom Yorke of 20th/21st Century British Radiohead fame.

So, in preparation for our discussion:

  1. Read through this week’s Gospel text, Matthew 14:22-33 (the story known as “Jesus Walking on the Sea”, although, I would posit, such a title only distracts from the point this story is making).
  2. Then, listen to and read the lyrics from Thom Yorke’s song “Atoms for Peace” from his 2006 debut album The Eraser.

See if you can see what’s emerging as these two sources interact, and we’ll plan to see you at the pub.


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Monday, March 13th

Hey crew,

It’s time for Music Monday again at Pub Theology! We are planning to gather again this week at LTS from 5:30-7, and to prepare for our time together, carve out a good half an hour if you can to listen, watch, experience, and ponder the layered meanings of the first two tracks from Bon Iver’s recently released album, “22, A Million”.

Listen to the songs in the following order, at least once, and think about the lyrics and what the artist (songwriter Justin Vernon) is describing, and what theological insights they may hold. Also, pay attention to the way the song titles are written, as the symbolism may be important:

  1. 22 (Over S∞∞n) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version] –
  2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (Extended Version) –

Once you have listened to the songs (and ONLY after you’ve listened to them both and have pondered them!), then read this review from Atwood Magazine: to see what further insights it may hold.

Happy listening. See you at the pub.

Monday, October 17th (Music Monday!)

Hey Pub Theologians,

We are back at it again this week, talking theology, life, spirituality, faith, et cetera, at Life’s Too Short Brewing Company from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Monday.

It’s time again for Music Monday, and since Bob Dylan just won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature (see also Rolling Stone’s take), we will be listening to and reading his 1965 song “Maggie’s Farm”. It marks a few turning points for him as an artist, one of which is his switch to electric guitar (known as the “Electric Dylan Controversy”).

I found a video recording of a live performance of this song from what appears to be 1965. Give it a watch/listen and come to the Pub Theology table ready to reflect:

See you there.