Mannheim Steamroller and Christmas Traditions

Christmas feels more like Christmas when Mannheim Steamroller is playing.

Low’s Somber Christmas Music Is Perfect for 2016’s Holiday Season

If Christmas means anything, Low seems to be saying, it has to begin by being honest about the heartache all around us.

Time Without Measure by The Chairman Dances, Free for CAPC Members

The album Time Without Measure takes on activism with intimate, challenging lyrics in the style of Sufjan Stevens and The Mountain Goats.

Having Coffee with Our Devils: Regina Spektor’s Remember Us to Life

In ‘Remember Us to Life,’ Regina Spektor encourages us to remember the beauty in the world and our capacity to give grace to others in the same way grace was given to us.

Leonard Cohen’s Voice Is Still Needed for These Troubled Times

Leonard Cohen devoted his career to telling us that, in the midst of human experience, pain is rarely devoid of beauty and beauty is rarely devoid of pain.

Fun Is the First Rule of Karaoke

Singing at the All Ages Karaoke Night at Danny’s on Douglas, I was given a glimpse of this kingdom where we are bound to each other and to God.

Self-emptying and Rebirth in Okkervil River’s Away

Okkervil River’s Away is a record of lead singer Will Sheff’s kenosis : his self-emptying.

Exploring the Paradox of Existence on Bon Iver’s 22, A Million

Bon Iver’s latest album finds Justin Vernon continuing to explore questions of existence and otherness.

“Your Whole Life’s in the Hand of God”: Rebellion and Redemption in Jon Bellion’s The Human Condition

In The Human Condition, Jon Bellion invites the listener to connect with his lamentations while simultaneously partaking in his longing for something more.

Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree Is a Modern Cry of Lament

What is that elusive quality that imbues certain pieces of music with a genuine sense of pain?

Wilder Adkins’ Oak & Apple, Free for CaPC Members

Have you ever felt like you’re hearing an old hymn for the very first time?

Raw Grief and Real Hope in Ingrid Michaelson’s It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense

Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘Boys and Girls’ and ‘It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense’ intersect in the space between what love should be and what we’ve made it.

Twenty One Pilots and the Blurryface in All of Us

Blurryface, the new album from Twenty One Pilots, communicates our longing to be known by those around us and, more importantly, by our Maker.

Women Behaving Badly: What Miranda Lambert’s ‘Vice’ Is Really Telling Us

Country star Miranda Lambert gives us insight into sexual freedom for women: does it mean behaving as badly as men?

The Neverland Hope in Chance the Rapper’s “Same Drugs”

As Chance and his hometown quietly take turns sharing their sides of the story of his maturation, we begin to wonder who really changed—Wendy or Pan?

What’s Getting Us Through the Summer: CaPC Staff Recommendations

Here’s what our writers are consuming this summer when they’re not writing.