catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Crying Out in Stereo

vol. 8, num. 7 :: 2009.03.27 — 2009.04.10

Music can cry out for the Kingdom of God. Alternately, music can shape us to be good consumers. Most music contains hints of both. On evidence of prophetic vision (or lack thereof) in music today.



Counterpoint and companionship

Encountering the wonderfully incomprehensible mystery of music.


Encountering music

What happens when we open ourselves up to meeting songs with a posture of hospitality?


Why I am still listening to Sufjan Stevens

Confessions of a music lover who can't get enough of the enigmatic singer songwriter's juxtapositions.

Music is mnemonic

On the capacity of song to embody our memories.

More than a good story

How a children's book shaped a lifelong approach to singing.

Ears to hear

A reflection on the songs that we let in, and the songs that we shut out.

“Josep’s Opus,” or “Coke’s mini-movie”

On the adman's use of music, for better or worse, to manipulate.

Conversation: “Crying Out in Stereo”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about music.

Love, love, love…doo doo doo-doo-doo!

A written tour of an imaginary musical.


Buoyant optimism

A review of Happy-Go-Lucky, directed by Mike Leigh.

Characters to love

A review of the novel The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.


In case you missed it the first time

The role of redemption in the creative process

A musician's perspective on how the recognition of failure leads to the realization of grace.

Kanye for Christians

Rap artist Kanye West brings a bold mission to America?s dance clubs and radios.

Weaving the web

Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest

The companion site for the two-hour documentary, hosted and narrated by Chuck D.


The Hold Steady

Music journalist Marty Garner illuminates the Manhattan quintet’s straight-up rock.


Pop Music

Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumran explore songs that stick in our heads, songs that cross borders and more.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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