I'm a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My dissertation research deals with music in religious communities (specifically in American evangelicalism) using phenomenology and poststructural analyses. In addition to working on my dissertation, I also serve as musical director for the Gamelan Nyai Saraswati––a central Javanese music ensemble based at UNC––as well as working with Durham CAN, a multi-racial, multi-faith, grassroots political organization in Durham County.
The Bad Plus, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Björk, mewithoutYou, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sigur Rós, Sufjan Stevens, Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground, Wilco, Benjamin Britten, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Sebastian Bach
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." - James 1:27
"for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:26-29
"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-11
"For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Isaiah 2:3b-4
"For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God." 1 Corinthians 1:22-29
Joshua, it's good to see you on here. I think you will find it to be a good source of information as your pursue your degree. Feel free to call anytime. Posting a forum will usually get you alot of comments. Hope your guys are doing well. We definitely miss seeing you guys.