A musician serendipitously gets reacquainted with an old track while listening to physicist Brian Greene talk about our lack of free will.
With folk-legend Pete Seeger's passing, a scholar reflects on the fragmented history of American music. He envisions a new path for unity: a beloved community of musical voices allied in song.
What happens when we choose anger and hatred over vulnerability and love? A short video with a World War II veteran who tells a personal story about being confronted by the German enemy and the power of music.
The two sisters known as CocoRosie seek out comfort in the mysterious. Visually arresting, their music is full of wonder and absurdity — at once unnerving and familiar. Take a listen, it might surprise you.
Pop culture makes meaning. Enter the Florida State University AcaBelles' a cappella rendition of Lorde's "Royals" to make the point.
Wrapping up this week with a picturesque mountain scene, moving music from a magical singer, and a map and haiku.
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."
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.
Two hijab-wearing rappers dispel some misconceptions around gender + Islam while making music with a wide appeal.
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.
A stirring pairing of piano and cello performing this classic song for the first Sunday of Advent.
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.
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.
When Jews sing a niggun, Ethan Press writes, this wordless Jewish melody brings the singer into ecstatic union with the Divine.
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.
Elizabeth Cotten’s “Freight Train” is just what I needed this evening.
Kara Holden offered this lovely Friday intermission in response to our question about the best song you’ve heard all week: Beneath us, constellations.
The track that ends our upcoming show on the sounds of silence and the last quiet places? An instrumental song from The Pines.
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.
"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."
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!