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Nathan Partain's JAYWALKER — a musical balm in the wake of violence, and in the midst of a contentious cacophony. 
Several songs on Nathan Partain's 'Jaywalker' came just in time to help me find the words that I—and maybe others—might need as some kind of medicine for an angry, aching heart.
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I admire Josh Garrels’ willingness to sing honestly about the complicated journey of faith—that is, a journey of doubt, questions, and struggle, as well as hope and joy and gratitude. Home continues that journey, reaching new and joyous heights. And yet. (Oh, I hate to say this, but there is an “And yet. . .”)
When I hear Garrels sing so fervently, he lifts up timeworn images and reinvests them with passion. As far as that goes, it’s a noble endeavor. But, speaking for myself, I want to hear something mo...
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Get ready for Mother's Day with Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent...
Through the music of St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens, we might also come to appreciate our own parents—their successes, their failures, their sacrifices, their scars.
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In this week's Listening Closer, we celebrate these punk rock girls, and we raise a glass to hard times.
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American Sniper is — like Unforgiven, like Million Dollar Baby — a film about the damage that the exercise of violence does to muscles of our minds and hearts, however honorable our intentions in exercising it.
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Here come the reviews for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups...
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I'm moving. Want to know where?
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Hey, it’s a holiday weekend. How about celebrating with a free ebook?
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The director of the new David and Goliath movie is currently boasting that he’s not just a director… he’s an evangelist. Nothing wrong with being an evangelist, but being an evangelist doesn’t mean you are a better filmmaker any more than being a cheerleader makes you a better auto mechanic.
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What do Johnny Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Phillips, and Amélie have in common?
Community is what draws me to artists who focus on something besides themselves, who seek to respect the greatness that has inspired them and to give new, lasting life to occasions of beauty, vision, and excellence. That’s what draws me to Rhiannon Giddens. To Sam Phillips. To Sister Rosetta.
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Prayer: The heart of MLK's ministry, of Andrae Crouch's revolutionary gospel music, and the heart of... D'Angelo's Black Messiah?
Every Monday in Listening Closer, Jeffrey Overstreet reflects on a single song, sharing his own experiences and insight and soliciting alternate interpretations and discussion. All we wanted was a chance[...]
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I posted a question on Facebook and elsewhere: What breakup songs or breakup records mean the most to you? What music do you find entangled in your own hurtful experiences of separation? The floodgates burst open.
In a sequence of thirteen songs, Sam Phillips was telling us the story of marriage. And it took me to pieces, song by song.
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The Mountain Goats' Get Lonely was the first album that came to mind for me, and Blood on the Tracks is another favorite. Good (?) to see those get a mention. Another song to throw out: "At My Window Sad and Lonely" from Mermaid Avenue by Billy Bragg & Wilco.
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Author, editor, lecturer & teacher. Novelist ("Auralia's Colors," "The Ale Boy's Feast"). Award-winning film reviewer (IMAGE, Paste, Christianity Today) and author of "Through a Screen Darkly." Blogger: jeffreyoverstreet.com. Earning a masters in creative writing.
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Teacher and lecturer on 1) creative writing (fiction, creative nonfiction); 2) film interpretation and criticism; 3) creativity and the power of play. Now scheduling lectures and workshops for 2015-16. Will speak at Houston Baptist University's Annual Writers Conference in 2015. Formerly a Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College.

Author of the novels "Auralia's Colors," "Cyndere's Midnight," "Raven's Ladder," and "The Ale Boy's Feast" (The Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Gruop) as well as a memoir of dangerous moviegoing called "Through a Screen Darkly" (Regal Books).

Contributing editor to Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine; project manager in University Communications office.

Film critic at LookingCloser.org and Imagejournal.org. (Formerly a film critic and columnist for Christianity Today, 2000-2009, print and online)

Married to poet / freelance editor / gardener extraordinaire Anne Maureen Doe Overstreet, author of "Delicate Machinery Suspended" (T.S. Poetry Press, 2011).

Blogger: Looking Closer with Jeffrey Overstreet

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