Kierkegaard and gospel music: why the walls between Europe and the African diaspora need to come down

This summer, the game changed forever. I was finally able to realise a dream that up until this opportunity (below) would be nothing more than talk. I am writing from both a practical-musical and theological-church perspective when I now say that musical audiences are still more divided and stratified across genre/context than ever before – […]

Reflections on the recent Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives conference (30.07.19 – 02.08.19, Ripon College Cuddesdon) – and on British Gospel Music (more generally)

The previous post on this blog is a reflection of a music and worship conference – an event that was more than a shot in the arm in terms of my reconnecting to my vocation of sacred ‘musicking’. However, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be exploring ways of Christian congregational […]

Worship without obedience…

After what has been a necessary time away from the blogosphere, this morning’s devotional work has just led me to a conclusion that is too big to keep to myself. Henceforth – this blog post. We know this text, many of us: 1 Samuel 15:22 King James Version (KJV) 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord […]

In Memoriam: John Taylor

Being a theologically-conservative Seventh-Day Adventist and jazz musician has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced- the best and the worst aspect of my entire life journey. And before I get to John Taylor, I’m going to go back to the beginning. ~ Sometime in the 1990’s I switched on the TV just in […]