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September 2009 Archives

Kind of Blue (part 4–in conclusion)

posted by Robert Gelinas

"The parallels between the lives of African-Americans battling for their freedom as citizens and that of jazz musicians for their freedom from European harmony are too close to be mere happenstance." Jazz icon, Miles Davis, used to play with his […]

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Finding The Groove Live!–Last Night

posted by Robert Gelinas

Wow, it's hard to believe that once a month for the last eight months we have gathered at The Soiled Dove Underground for Finding the Groove Live.  Each night we packed the room to experience great music and to think […]

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Kind of Blue (part 3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Pre-Kind Of Blue, that is 1959, Conformity was a way of seeking acceptance in America. Jazz musicians needed to make clear the fierce intelligence that was necessary to play [jazz]. The greater society thought of jazz as merely an offshoot […]

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Kind Of Blue (part 2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

America in the 1950's–All a matter of perspective. The war was over, suburbia was being invented and the American dream was being pursued…by some For black America, the 1950's were a decade of emergence. After 90 years of not being […]

Kind of Blue (part 1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

It has been said that jazz history can be divided into two segments: “Before Kind Of Blue and after Kind Of Blue.” In 1959 Miles Davis recorded Kind Of Blue and “More than forty years after its release, it is […]

Jazz Theologian in Music City!

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm currently in Nashville at the MOPS Convention.  Nothing like four thousand mother's of preschoolers worshipping God…plus they're just giddy that they are away from their kids for a few days!  We are at Opryland, which is an amazing, indoor […]

Finding the Groove Milestone!

posted by Robert Gelinas

Big milestone for my book…just received news from the publisher that, Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith, is now in it's second printing.

I want a horse!

posted by Robert Gelinas

As a Colorado native I've always wanted a horse…one that's black and blue…

John Perkins and Universal Health Care

posted by Robert Gelinas

I believe that John Perkins will go down in church history as an icon.  His books are a must for anyone who desires to take Biblical justice and Jesus' call to the marginalized seriously.  Urbanfaith.com recently ran a piece that […]

Winner–Black Weblog Awards

posted by Robert Gelinas

Thanks to all of you who voted for this blog over the last few months in the Black Weblog Awards.  It was chosen as the judges choice for best faith-based blog.  (Click here to see all of the winners in […]

What Color is Jesus?–A case study in jazz theology (postlude)

posted by Robert Gelinas

So what color does the Jazz Theologian think that Jesus is today? Blue, I think that Jesus is Kind of Blue!

What Color Is Jesus–A case study in jazz theology (part 4)

posted by Robert Gelinas

(Todays post is a bit long but I wanted to keep the continuity of thought) "Jesus Is Black," said James Cone in 1975 as he interpreted Matthew 25. "Christ's blackness is the American expression of the truth of his parable […]

What Color is Jesus?–A case study in jazz theology (part 3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Let's let one of my favorte jazz theologians take a solo for the next two posts. James Cone is a bit controversial but he'll had some creative tension to the conversation In 1975, Cone, wrote, "If twentieth-century Christians are to […]

What Color is Jesus–A case study in jazz theology (part2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Nice to see we had a few brave souls chime in… So that we can do theology in concert together, lwe need to make sure we are all playing the same song. Listen to the words of our composer: "For […]

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