I recently watch the film Hard to be God from Russian director Aleksei German and based on the book of the same title by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
It is a film that gives us a sense of what path man may have taken if it weren’t for the advent of religion.
When asked this question I had to wonder if the person really meant “religion” (general) or if they might not have meant “Christianity” (more specifically).
I think I offered a fair answer: https://www.quora.com/Would-religion-have-any-chance-if-it-was-originally-introduced-today/answer/Matthew-Hundley?srid=uRD4
Recently I released a new album through Radio Ear Recordings called “Lady of Pavement” featuring 7 songs (1 cover; 6 originals).
The songs have a jazz underbelly, with unique voice and guitar stylings over the top.
I’d say the key vocal influencers were: Tom Waits, David Sylvian, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
You can download the tracks from iTunes, Amazon, Noisetrade and other music sites.
It’s also available on Spotify and Apple Music. More about the release here:
I started a Cowbird page several years back to force myself to write creatively from time to time.
I typically use found photographs to inspire myself to write pieces for this channel.
Several years back I found a picture of this stunning woman who was a patron of my grandfathers (later my father’s) bar.
From that picture I drew these words: http://cowbird.com/story/18663/Lady_Of_The_Whisky_Sours/?uiid=widget-990605142-18663
Several years back I was in communication with several musicians who were were pushing the boundaries of global, Christian, worship music -working in the idioms of rap, reggae and ragas.
At the time I was having intertweaving conversations with Saint Louis rapper Born 2 Di; LA music producer Mark Mohr (of Christafari; pictured below); along with Chris Hale and Pete Hicks of the sacred bhajan ensemble Aradhna.
I siphoned the key points from these conversations into an article that was published in CRITIQUE Magazine (a publication of Ransom Fellowship): http://ransomfellowship.org/articledetail.asp?AID=431&B=Matthew%20Hundley&TID=4