Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Sunday, June 19, 2022
links for the weekend: congratulations to Ethan Hein, riffs on how Top Gun is still a dubious fantasy version of military culture, Takemitsu at the Music Salon, and Alan Jacobs on whether Matthew Arnold was right about his Philistines of Genius
This is not necessarily a sign that Wenatchee The Hatchet is "back" but a couple of things came up and there's room for one blogger to congratulate another, however belatedly.
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Ethan Hein discusses "Hidden Place" by Bjork--harmonies as gestalts of linear writing for voices rather than block chords; hiding the root of a D dorian song in "plain sight" throughout the percussion track
I have always heard this as a song in dorian from the first time I heard it. Yes, that killer ostinato riff shifts restlessly between B and A and F and E but as soon as the percussion track kicks in that D dorian sonority shimmers across the soundscape. Why? I don't know but this former choir singer heard the D minor shimmering in the percussion track. Who knows? Maybe Bjork and company ran the drum track through a vocodor a bunch of times like they were replicating the voice of Soundwave from the old Transformers G1 cartoon? Let the reader understand. Maybe they just tuned the kick drum to D.
At Mere Orthodoxy Jake Meador tells fellow evangelicals "Critical Race Theory Isn't Going to Get You"--Alan Jacobs on provocateurs who think they're illuminators
Monday, February 14, 2022
Ethan Hein discusses Bjork's "The Anchor Song", some thoughts on antiphonal polymodality in a song scored in a single key
Steven Beck has recorded all five of George Walker's piano sonatas (HT Ethan Iverson via Do The Math)
Friday, January 14, 2022
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Heinrich Albert, Sonata No. 1, movement 1 analysis: having a monotonal exposition that repeats, a development section, and no recapitulation
Sutton Turner posts notes from the 2014 elder investigation of formal charges against Mark Driscoll, discusses his discussions with Cosper, and mentions conversation with Throckmorton in January 2022 posts
Thursday, January 06, 2022
a couple of recent thinkpieces on The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill from Carey Nieuwhof and former MH pastor Matt Johnson at Mbird
Friday, December 31, 2021
R Scott Clark visits the role of the PCA in formative years for Acts 29 and Mars Hill--there's still a pretty live question whether or not A29 and Spanish River were a tangential "accidental" role in the history of MH
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Ethan Hein discusses Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City"--the fun of bringing different theoretical approaches to the same amazing song--and has anyone written a monograph on the music of Innervisions (the 50th anniversary will soon be upon us!)
Monday, December 27, 2021
Mark Driscoll and Doug Wilson were part of a panel debating censorship in the arts covered by WSU paper on 10-27-1992; revisiting Mark Driscoll's 2013 claim that he edited his college newspaper compared to his 2004 claim to have been an opinions editor
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Sunday, December 19, 2021
was the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast a mistake? Someone apparently has said "yes" to which R Scott Clark says "no"--some concerns about Cosper's two jumbled arguments regarding Driscoll's theology/character and celebrity
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Ethan Hein discusses David Bowie's "Starman", some thoughts on how great an example the song is of being firmly in one key yet consistently building opening phrases on IV and IV alternative chords
apropos of nothing a few brief animated film recommendations--Batman vs Two-Face (Adam West AND Bill Shatner as the leads); Persepolis; The Long Way North
I admit I saw the cast of Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar and ... William Shatner as Harvey Dent!? Sold! The animated film is like some zany photo negative of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. Now I still dig The Dark Knight but I just as much dig Batman vs Two-Face. I've just liked Batman much of my life. I'm going to go see the new film when it comes out and I'm stoked that Jeffrey Wright is playing Jim Gordon. I'm not going to do what I usually do and spoil the entire plot and themes. Nah, I'm just going to recommend a cute animated film that I think was a perfect final curtain for Adam West as Batman (it was the last project he worked on and the film is, of course, dedicated to his memory). The only way Batman vs Two-Face could have been more joyous is if Shatner had sung a song. It also, since I'm kind of a fan of Two-Face, rectifies the long-standing absence of one of the Caped Crusaders more formidable foes and brings him into the Adam West Batman world in a way that is suitably goofy yet of a piece with that Gotham (and it includes Dr. Strange, someone else who's really a classic old-school Batman foe who I don't recall showing up in the old TV series).So that's my first and foremost recommendation for an animated film this holiday season. If you liked Adam West Batman you're practically obligated to go see this one.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Mark Driscoll on how worship is adoration & action and how God is a worshipper. Of what? That question got left dangling
If you wanted to know what worship is, it mainly can be summed up in two things – adoration and action. Declaring God and doing good.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Norman Lebrecht reports that Prof. Jackson has cleared Heinrich Schenker of Philip Ewell's charge of racism?
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
Warren Throckmorton notes Mark Driscoll now asking for 650k--revisiting Re:Sound and MH Global as precedents for whatever Driscoll's fundraising for, and noting a delicate irony in his lambasting the Meta turn of Facebook as a satanic counterfeit when his celebrity was founded on media leveraging
Recently Warren Throckmorton noted that Mark Driscoll has asked for $200,000.00
Our goal is to raise $650,000 beyond our regular budget needs in the final month of 2021. We have a $150,000 matching fund that doubles your gift between now and year-end, and your generous worship gift will help us with the following:
1. Upgrade our outdated soundboard that is too small for our growing number of volunteer musicians
2. Add more lighting and cameras so that we can improve the worship experience in the main room and also capture the worship and baptisms (over 400 in 2021!) in audio and video format to share online to minister to the more than 100 million people who are receiving Bible teaching through Real Faith from Trinity Church
3. Reset our stage, audio tuning, and audio treatment to best use our current main room for worship, thereby allowing us to add additional future worship nights
4. Set up our new Trinity Church worship studio with 3,200 square feet of office, meeting, songwriting, recording, and practice space that is in addition to our current studio space
5. Add more worship interns and part-time trainees we are developing as worship leaders
6. Purchase a mobile sound system for the Versus worship team in Sonora, Mexico. This is a band of young leaders, mainly pastor’s kids, who are holding outdoor and indoor worship events in conjunction with a network of pastors we have supported for years. They share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the next generation and need gear for this ministry which they all volunteer in
7. Our epic final worship event of the year with 4 services on December 23-24 with a choir, orchestra, and huge party to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in Scottsdale and capture it all in audio and video to send out online to the nations
Monday, December 06, 2021
Warren Throckmorton demonstrates Mark Driscoll recyling material in a new book from an old Mars Hill era book in which women contributors went uncredited (then in that book and now in this one)
Sunday, December 05, 2021
Brad Vermurlen's Reformed Resurgence, another book I recommend as providing some background on the rise and fall of Mars Hill
"Aftermath" and the problem of Mark Driscoll's law-gospel dyad: there's no gospel beyond scripts of adulthood explicated by Driscoll exemplar rather than christus exemplar
Saturday, December 04, 2021
Just saw it in the last hour.
2 thoughts Nathan Robinson on rightwing conspiracy--even if progressive/liberals have their version of conspiracy agitprop (Randall Balmer), Doug Wilson single-handedly proves Robinson's point has some merit
Recently at Current Affairs Nathan Robinson wrote up a piece about how conservatives have been manufacturing scares to protect monied interests and stoke fear for generations. He has also argued that such paranoia-selling has not been characteristic of the left.
a fugue on "The Lick" in the style of J. S. Bach by Josiah Sprankle--I've got some thoughts on how The Lick lends itself to modal mutation, transposition, and being set against its own inversions and retrogrades
Thursday, December 02, 2021
William Wallace II as an embryonic variation on themes from Doug Wilson's No Quarter November--revisiting the Wilson influence on Driscoll via thematic concerns
I realize this is a contentious point but one I keep coming back to. Mark Driscoll has made no secret of Doug Wilson's influence on him and while thanks to Midrash and being a member of Mars Hill I know Driscoll took a dim view of R. L. Dabney and Wilson's ideas about the American Civil War, when it came to gender, sexuality and marriage Mark was openly positive about Wilson's ideas being formative for him.
This is a point that people who admire Wilson and distrust Driscoll might have to actually think about. Compare what Driscoll wrote as William Wallace II (published here and elsewhere and accessible via archive.org) to anything in Wilson's No Quarter November rambles from 2018 through the present and see if you can prove there's neither a stylistic nor a thematic connection. Back in his William Wallace II days Mark Driscoll explicitly named Wilson as an influence. He backpedaled from Wilson's ideas about the Civil War in the member only Midrash circa 2002-2005 so it's understandable no one who wasn't a contracted/covenanted member of Mars Hill at the time could possibly have known that, but, if anything, Cosper's podcast merely alludes to a Wilsonian influence without, probably from constraints of time or people going on record (?) exploring that further.
After twenty years and having chronicled the history of Mars Hill for as long as I have the burden of proof on Wilson admirers is to disprove the connection Driscoll made a matter of public record if they want to differentiate between the two men, or to explain how and why Wilson doesn't have Driscoll's character flaws.
Having read one of the NQN books I'd venture to say that's going to be a difficult case to sustain so far. To read Wilson sound off on "Smash the Matriarchy" and "Surplices Are for Sissises" is to be reminded that Driscoll wrote "Pussified Nation" drawing upon the ideas of others.
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Mark Driscoll's "10 commandments" of Critical Theory are a checklist of behaviors, behaviors that we by now have evidence to suggest are how he treats people, not just how he says critical theorists treat people
When sinners sit in God’s judgment seat, as Critical Theory encourages, the following 10 Counterfeit Commandments appear:
1. Autonomy: I should be in authority, not under authority, which explains why
I tell everyone else what to do but will not allow anyone to tell me what to
Driscoll's would be 10 counterfeit commandments are really ten behaviors. The irony of this checklist of behaviors is that it isn't that difficult to demonstrate how Mark Driscoll has exemplified these ten behaviors in his own ministry career despite his imputing these behaviors to Critical Theory and critical theorists. So we'll start with the first "commandment" of autonomy, which Driscoll describes as the attitude outline above, an attitude that, as we go through the history of the late Mars Hill, seems to be remarkably like Mark Driscoll.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving--some scattered thoughts on Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Beethoven's symphonies as touchstones in art-religions
The great music of the past can be an inspiration and a foundation to build on, something we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving, without endorsing some idea that either A Love Supreme or Beethoven's symphonies represent some unmatchable acme of human spirituality. These were two guys who loved music and making music, who made music in profoundly different ways and we can appreciate their legacies without, to make this point obvious, building churches around them.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
"It's good to have you back" in Driscoll's accounts of crises of power and accountability as a public preacher, revisiting the 2007 Mars Hill trials of Petry and Meyer and Driscoll's post-MH resignation account of a family conversation
the Mark Driscoll who said the five points of Calvinism were garbage as a publicity stunt quote in 2019 can turn around and be the Mark Driscoll who cites the work of Arthur Pink in his 2021 book Pray Like Jesus
Saturday, November 20, 2021
a very belated observation about Karen Schaeffer's story in CT's ep 3 of The RIse and Fall of Mars Hill, dismissed as a heretic by the Driscoll who bragged to Ron Wheeler that Bent Meyer and Paul Petry were old guys who gave him respectability
At 40:23 Karen Schaeffer described how Mark Driscoll told her, "I would really love it if you would come work for me as my executive assistant."
At about 41:57 Scheaffer described answering a question about what the most difficult thing was about Mark Driscoll and she said:
My answer was, was not about myself so much at all. It--I said, " I think it's watching him and seeing that he needs more men around him to go toe to toe with him. He needs more men who will not say `Yes' to him but really challenge him.At 42:28 Cosper recounted that Schaeffer got a call from Jamie Munson. About 43 minutes along and Schaeffer described a tense meeting in a small office where she sensed that Mark Driscoll had a blazing rage she'd never encountered before. At 43:19 Schaeffer described Driscoll telling her, "You're being accused of heresy." Schaeffer went on about 43:50 to say Driscoll told her, "You're being accused of heresy because you've said that you don't trust the leadership of this church, and, really, what you've said could destroy this church."
At 45:20 or so Schaeffer described Mark Driscoll's response to her explanation that he needed more men like Mike Gunn with him, and she said Driscoll scoffingly said, "Mike Gunn!? He'll never have a church of more than 250."
Cosper stopped a moment at 44:09 to point out that heresy conventionally means a denial of a key doctrine of the Christian faith.