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February 21, 2013

Bobby McFerrin on music: "I want everyone to experience at the end of my concert is everyone has this sense of rejoicing. I don't want them to be blown away by what I do, I want them to have this sense of real, real joy from the depths of their being. Because I think when you take them to that place, then you open up a place where grace can come in."

January 16, 2013

A small group of musicians and singers inject a bit of sunshine into the cold fluorescence with an organized flash mob performing The Beatles classic "Here Comes the Sun." This just may be the best way to kick off this hump day.

January 15, 2013

Two hijab-wearing rappers dispel some misconceptions around gender + Islam while making music with a wide appeal.

December 09, 2012

An NYPD officer's act of kindness with an Advent duet. Love from Mr. Matthew Crawley, pieces recommended for reading, and quotations from Krista Tippett. A round-up and a reminder that this joyous season be filled with acts of kindness.

December 05, 2012

A stirring pairing of piano and cello performing this classic song for the first Sunday of Advent.

November 28, 2012

With so many Christmas carols that bridge the chasm of time and space, it's a classic Spiritual that brings a "delightful burst of Christmas cheer." Listen to this rendition from Margaret Becker and Jennifer Knapp.

September 21, 2012

On the day that a festival to locate the sacred opened, countries across the Middle East were aflame. The musical art of Bora Yoon and Riyaaz Qawwali ruptured this author's cynicism and offered a new vision of the world.

August 24, 2012

When Jews sing a niggun, Ethan Press writes, this wordless Jewish melody brings the singer into ecstatic union with the Divine.

August 03, 2012

Listen to our tracks from this late-night Sufi jam session in a studio barely a block away from the tourist-filled Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.

May 15, 2012

Elizabeth Cotten’s “Freight Train” is just what I needed this evening.

May 11, 2012

Kara Holden offered this lovely Friday intermission in response to our question about the best song you’ve heard all week: Beneath us, constellations.

May 09, 2012

The track that ends our upcoming show on the sounds of silence and the last quiet places? An instrumental song from The Pines.

May 05, 2012

If you're a fan of the Beastie Boys and Adam Yauch, we hope you take a few minutes to listen to these two Beastie Boys tracks - "Shambhala" and "Boddhisatva Vow" - and remember the life of MCA, a phenomenal artist and a fine human being.

May 05, 2012

"I think there are a lot of misconceptions in society in general about what actually brings happiness, we’re caught up in all these ideas that having a lot of money or having somebody beautiful to have sex with or having some cool objects, having a cool car, cool stereo or whatever is gonna make us happy."
—Adam Yauch

April 20, 2012

For the Lakota people, Cedric Good House of Standing Rock Reservation says, songs kept different memories and meanings alive. Sitting Bull sang the song above, Mr. Good House says, to remind his people of their way of living at a time when things looked most bleak — in what the history books describe as the "surrender" at Fort Buford.

April 15, 2012

The eleventh and final song to round out our Easter Sunday soundtrack for this year's Pascha won't leave your head. It's a chant by The Monastic Choir of the Valaam Monastery called "The Great Doxology." To those Orthodox Christians, Happy Pascha!

April 15, 2012

Number ten in our Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack is "Seven Magnificat Antiphons/O Weishit" — composed by Arvo Pärt. This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for "Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter" with Vigen Guroian. It's exquisite.

April 15, 2012

The ninth song in our Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack comes from the Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia, "The Healing Bird." This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for "Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter" with Vigen Guroian. Happy Pascha!

April 15, 2012

Continuing our string of sacred choral music songs of Armenia, a prayer to the patriarch titled “Hayrapetakan Maghan.” This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for “Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter” with Vigen Guroian. Happy Pascha!

April 15, 2012

The seventh song in our Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack, a chant of crucifixion, is part of the sacred choral music tradition of Armenia: "Our Es Myer Im" meaning"Where are you, my mother." This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for "Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter" with Vigen Guroian. Happy Pascha!

April 15, 2012

Number five in our Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack is ”Otche Nash (Our Father)” by the Russian composer of liturgical music Nikolai Kedrov, Sr.

April 15, 2012

For the first song in our Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack, "Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom" by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir.

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