God's Music Is My Life

Tim Dillinger
Dedicated to exploring the histories of gospel and soul, contemporary Christian and Women’s music(s)—forms that contribute to the blurring of the lines between the sacred and the secular.
Created 28 Apr 2021
  • Jesus Music, Soul Music and more Nashville Gospel
    25 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 6 1
    Subscribe now Has anybody else had a challenging time settling into 2022? Our country is in the midst of (another) COVID surge, we’ve had snow storms (which always shut Nashville down) and torrential ...
  • James Cleveland, Nashville Gospel & stocking stuffers
    14 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 0 4
    Subscribe now Hello friends, What incredible response to the Donna McElroy feature! It was the second installment in what I see as a series of articles about the important role that Nashville artists ...
  • Her Way: Donna McElroy's Vision of a Bigger World
    16 Nov 2021 • 18 min read • 1 5
    Subscribe now When she was fifteen years old, Donna McElroy won a talent contest in Louisville, Kentucky, her hometown, singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” For what is a man, what has he got? If not him...
  • Notes on New York and Nashville
    27 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 2
    Hello friends, I’m a little past due with this newsletter. We took a week off and went to New York, the first vacation of our almost eight-year marriage. We spent three days in the city and three days...
  • Twenty-First Century Singers, Juanita Bynum & More
    04 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Hello friends— I hope this message finds you all well and settling into the fall (my favorite season!) This newsletter is past due! I think when you read the latest feature, you’ll understand why. Las...
  • "With him, everybody could sing"
    03 Oct 2021 • 22 min read • 1 4
    To view my conversation with the surviving Twenty-First Century Singers (Charles Miller, Frankie Henry, Everett Drake and Robin (Johnson) Grace), click the video above! To tip the writer, click here. ...
  • Outlaw's Evidence of the Unseen
    09 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    Hello all, I hope everyone had a safe and restful extended weekend! Last Week First of all, thanks to all of you for your engagement around the last feature, “Downright Secular: Maria Muldaur’s road t...
  • "Downright Secular"
    25 Aug 2021 • 14 min read • 5 0
    To tip the writer, click here. It was the summer of 1983, just before I entered the fourth grade. My mother’s boyfriend had the television on Jim and Tammy Bakker’s PTL Network, which it often was in ...
  • Watch My Intimate Conversation With Jazz/Improvisational Vocalist Rhiannon
    12 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Last year, just a few months into the pandemic, I began hosting a bi-weekly series, initially on Instagram, called Have You Ever Heard...? The initial purpose was to have conversations with both music...
  • Aretha, The Sweet Inspirations and more!
    05 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    First, I’d like to thank all of you for the tremendous response to last week’s feature on Reba Rambo. It is, without question, the most read and most shared piece here thus far. Being a part of the te...
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