Il Sussidiario is a good place to go for interesting commentary on culture, politics, and religion from a perspective that might be more human than strictly Catholic. It’s a more or less unofficial product of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, with which I once had a more or less official relationship. But that’s another story.
A good example of the range of work at “Il Sussy” (the long form is the Italian word for subsidiarity) is this article on what some consider “the best band in the world right now.”
And of course that band is—
Mumford and Sons. An added H/T to Marian for alerting me to M&S in the first place.
Are they a Christian band, as some say? Well, not exactly, according to the article by the editors. Nor are they exactly a rock band either . . .
In the end they are simple men
of the countryside, like all folkmen in that respect, dealing with
simple things, the things of everyday life, and the lyrics of their
songs witness to this. However, far from wishing to be seen as a
“Christian band”, in a recent interview with the Guardian, they
found themselves agreeing in stating: “We are not all Christians. In
fact, none of us are, really. We have a full spectrum of beliefs”. It
seems that these beliefs are well rooted in the compositional fabric
that they have embroidered and can now wear without shame. Mumford and
Sons has also had to defend itself against accusations of playing a rock
'n' roll “for old ladies”, to which they answered loud and clear that
they are not a rock band, at least as that is classically understood.
The authenticity thing has never been an issue for me," Marcus Mumford
said in the same interview, “Not since I came to the realization that
Dylan, who's probably my favorite artist ever, the richest artist for
me, didn't give a shit about authenticity. He changed his name. And
modeled himself on Woody Guthrie. And lied to everyone about who he
Here’s my favorite cut from their first album, “Sigh No More” (2009). Their second, “Babel,” is just out this month.
And yes, OK, I like the Bonnaroo video ’cause it lets me imagine I’m back at Woodstock.