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The Note Well Salon: GOD MUSIC

Well, hello.

Today, Sunday the 4th of April, The Note Well Salon was born. It is a victory for mankind, we think.

Here’s what the fluff we’re talking about:

The Note Well Salon takes the discussions and music of The Note Well.com into the drawing room, with fresh baked goods in tow. We curate a selection of songs to hear and discuss in a fun, friendly, informal way. We invite everyone to share their thoughts and their own music. Oh, and each Salon has a theme!

Today’s theme was God Music, loosely observed. It is not mere coincidence that it is also Easter.

Here’s what we heard and discussed:
“I Fall Asleep Counting My Blessings” by The Nu Sounds & Sun Ra
“Holy Night” by Sufjan Stevens
“Elijah Rock” performed by Mahalia Jackson
“My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
“Lust for Life” by Girls
“Jesus Spends, I Save” by St. Vincent
“Lovely Allen” by Holy Fuck
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by Excelsior Brass Band

Here’s what we shared:
“We a Friend We Have in Jesus” by The Pilgrim Travelers
“Muerte Del Angel” by Astor Piazzolla
“Five Tango Sensations: Loving” by Kronos Quartet and Piazzolla
“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Rode Null” by Hauschka
“Tryst with Mephistopheles” by Owen Pallett
Old time yoga standards

Here’s more God Music:
“Just a Closer Walk With Thee” performed by Patsy Cline
“Mass in B Minor” by Bach, performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
“Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts” by Wolf Parade
“The Butcher” by Final Fantasy

Here’s some insight:

  • we were once chicken-hearted rebels who secretly skipped any words having to do with God while singing in choir but only when no one was watching
  • now we can sing it and not believe in it
  • “Silent Night” can be rendered either comforting or menacing, dependent on pre-papal Ratzinger’s involvement in your caroling
  • “indie ingénues” Girls (the band) may not be God’s gift to Earth, just God’s gift to music press
  • Confucianism and Christianity operate on a lot of the same principles
  • God music and Satan music operate on a lot of the same principles
  • we may not all believe in Jesus but we all believe in Astor Piazzolla
  • we want to be in a New Orleans jazz funeral, hopefully at least one where we’re not in the coffin
  • if churches back home had music as good as the stuff in some of Cambridge’s college chapels, maybe we’d still be devout.

Here’s some food:
Whole-wheat apple cinnamon muffin bars with olive oil
Starburst jelly beans (thank you, Economy Candy)

Here’s to having more of this to come!
(NB)

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