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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Has it really been a month since I last updated this thing? Time flies, man, time flies.

A major contributor to the sand-through-the-hourglass phenomenon was, of course, the Festival of Faith and Music. Although it ended nearly a month ago, the second biennial Festival is still fresh in the minds of everyone in this office. We’re busily writing thank-you notes to the presenters and performers, reviewing procedures and reshaping approaches for future festivals, and generally basking in the afterglow of an event that came together as more than the sum of its parts.

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we’re also collecting the thoughts and words of those who attended the Festival. One committee member, James Stewart, has set up an excellent resource that regularly updates mentions of the festival in the blogosphere and beyond. Here are some of the highlights:

FFM 2005 made the cover of the Grand Rapids Press weekend section. Aside from an oddly chosen file photo (a crucifix looped around a microphone, something seemingly more representative of CCM), the piece highlighted Calvin’s engagement approach to music in general and Sufjan Stevens’ contributions in particular.

Matt Fink, a writer for Paste magazine (among others), contributed a review of the gaggle of young avant-garde musicians who made up about half of the festival bill. (And while John Calvin may have blushed at Bazan’s set, my guess is that the college’s other patron saint, Abraham Kuyper, may have bobbed his head along to both “Come Thou Fount” and “Slow and Steady…”)

Another wonderful Paste writer, Andy Whitman, reflects on the Festival and, in some cases, dissents. The conversation sparked in his comments section is essential to the one we’re trying to have. (The rest of Andy’s blog is worth a read, too—at once poignant, hilarious, and wise.)

For our part, information on the Festival’s presence at the 2006 Festival of Faith and Writing will be forthcoming. In the meantime, who would you like to see perform at that event?