catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Theme Song

vol. 11, num. 11 :: 2012.05.25 — 2012.06.07

Like music over the opening credits, a song can set the tone for an experience or trigger a latent memory. Sometimes manufactured and sometimes by chance, songs come alongside our stories like old friends, or perhaps like uneasy acquaintances.  On the songs that make us feel something.



Working to be loved

Listening to Future of Forestry with C.S. Lewis and John Donne.

Glad to be “Unwritten”

How a song became a partner in a changed perspective on life.


Stuck in alleluia

A song for the soundtrack of good times and bad.


Grace rains down

A song to carry through times of crisis.

Lucky song

On music that helps us remember in the midst of job loss.

Celebrate me home

On the sounds of moving from sleeping to waking.

So lonesome I could dance

Remembering and transforming a lonely time through music.

The charity of art

How one musician’s work became the soundtrack to several decades of a life.

In case you missed it the first time

The "Amandla!" of song

A documentary provides an account of the role of music for black South Africans during the era of apartheid.

Encounters with an adagio

A composer and a conductor collaborate in the creation of music that moves.

Speaking in song

A fascination with Sacred Harp singing is more than just a cultural curiosity.

Weaving the web

Pop music

An hour-long radio show examining music, from Schoolhouse Rock to the Afghan Elvis.



A classic from TAL featuring Starlee Kine and Phil Collins on writing the perfect break-up song.


How Simon & Garfunkel almost saved my family

Cameron Dezon Hammon remembers mom and dad’s date night.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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