Song of the Day Playlists (Spring 2021)

Almost every day of class, I open with a “Song of the Day” that I hope connects thematically with what I’m about to teach (even if sometimes only very, very loosely). Then at the end of the semester I create a Spotify playlist to share with my students. Here are those playlists for the Spring 2021 semester:


Ye, for better or for worse

Apparently, Mr. West is putting on an opera titled Nebuchadnezzar. Whatever one thinks of Kanye’s Sunday Services, or his appearance with Joel Osteen, one thing is true: Kanye is making it easier for me to have a starting point with some of my students. ‘Jesus is King’ might make you wish for the days of Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation Project but Kirk Franklin doesn’t get my students asking questions.

Now, the next time I teach the Hebrew Bible, there’s a chance my students will know who Nebuchadnezzar is from day one. And if they know who he is, they might be more interested in the Babylonian Exile. And if they’re more interested in the Babylonian Exile, then my job will be a lot easier!