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The Faber Sessions #6, Part I: A Present Mirror in Music Past
September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
TFS [The Faber Sessions] of Fall 2021 invite us to attend to and to “read” a musical literature published, and greatly cherished, some sixty years ago. The point of looking there is for the sake of gaining a redeeming, discerning insight into the cultural and social turbulence of our today. We may find in that particular literature “a mirror” in which more clearly to recognize ourselves, where we stand before God and one another. “Yesterday / all my troubles seemed so far away / Now it looks as though they’re here to stay / Oh, I believe in yesterday.” (The Beatles, the album Help!, released August 1965)
We will “read” the likes of: Bob Dylan (a Nobel Laureate), Arlo Guthrie, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver, Seals and Crofts, the Beatles, Sam Cooke, the Moody Blues, Cat Stevens, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and others.
“More than ever before in Western society, music is part of our lives, ubiquitously present. Whether we love it or ignore it, play it or shut it out, revel in it or resent it, it is there. Yet many of us rarely if ever stop to think about what music is, how it works, what it might be doing to us, and what we might be doing with it.” [Begbie, Jeremy S.. Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Engaging Culture) (p. 13). Baker Book Group – A. Kindle Edition.]
“The 1960’s were a time of upheaval in society, fashion, attitudes and especially music. Before 1963, the music of the sixties still reflected the sound, style and beliefs of the previous decade and many of the hit records were by artists who had found mainstream success in the 1950s, like Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Dion, and The Everly Brothers. In 1963 and the years to follow, a number of social influences changed what popular music was and gave birth to the diversity that we experience with music today. The assassination of President Kennedy, the escalation of the war in Vietnam and the forward-progress of the Civil Rights Movement all greatly impacted the mood of American culture and the music began to reflect that change. The “British Invasion” also began around 1963 with the arrival of The Beatles on the music scene and the type of rabid fandom that followed them would change the way people would view and interact with music and musicians forever. In this section we will cover the history of the “British Invasion”, Motown and R&B, Folk and Protest music, and the large amount of variation that emerged in Rock music throughout the sixties.” [People History website, www.thepeoplehistory.com/60smusic.html]
For Part I of Session #6, we will be paying particular attention to two giants whose work marked the crossing-over – each side of that threshold: Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.
Unlike the Faber Sessions 1-5, this sixth one will happen once a month (rather than for two, or three or more weeks in a row), and on those Mondays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM … and always presented in your own homes (via Zoom).
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