You beat me to it. I was going to suggest Greydon Square. I’ve been a fan of his since…2006?..or around there. Whenever his first album came out.
I can name three pieces of religious music I find quite beautiful. (1) Ave Maria by Schubert (2) Gregorian chants (3) I have CD with a Mass by Benjamin Britain, sung by the choir of King’s College Cambridge which I think is sublime.
LOL… I can actually play and sing Ave Maria on guitar. I bust it out every now and again. I also do a bunch of Christian songs from my evangelic days, but only recall bits and pieces. (Yep, ole Cog can sing) All chimps can sing. I know some Latin Mass songs because I sang in a Choir and still recall some of that stuff. Agnus Dei (The Lamb of God) and other such nonsense. Oh! I know, The Hallelujah Choirs. I can sing that with “Watermelon” and "Walter Kröhnkite. "For when the evening comes, he gives the news, Walter Krohnkite, Walter Krohnkite. He he he, Such sophistication for a monkey!!! Anyway… I agree. Ave Maria is a fantastic piece of music.
I can’t play an instrument. Nor can a hold a tune, so cannot sing either .In the last few years I’ve taken to singing loudly when I’m in bed and cannot sleep. Have even taught myself to yodel!–Of course I’ve never recorded myself lest I destroy the illusion.
One of my life regrets is that I never learned to sing. My dad was trained and was apparently a fine boy soprano. As an adult he was a wonderful lyric tenor. He lacked confidence so only sang at parties when he was well oiled.
You may nave natural ability and not even know it. I have tried yodeling and just don’t have the motivation. I have no desired to perform for others. I sing because I like to sing. People who know me, know that I can carry a tune. But if you are not around me much, you would never suspect it. (It’s the same with my sense of humor.) I keep my sense of humor locked away. In case you didn’t notice, it is quite dark and a bit off the deep end. The result of freaking people out most of my life is to stay quiet until I feel comfortable enough to allow the monkey in me to play.
I agree with boomer there really isn’t a ‘atheist genre’. But Ensiferum-God is dead is pro atheist.
I find this song in many music videos .Here is Requiem for a Dream (Alienator Remix) used in Crysis 2 [Unofficial Trailer] .
And here is Tom Clancy’s Requiem for a Dream music video.
And here is a GTA V music video using song .
How about “One Toke Over the Line”. I’m sure Christians thought it was a Satanic and/or Atheist plot when it ended up being sung by Gail and Dale on the Lawrence Welk show. It’s on YouTube. THE funniest thing I’ve ever seen. If you check it out be sure to watch to the end where Welk calls it “a modern American Spiritual”.
Since the lyrics are a sarcastic rebuke of the commercialization of christmas, I guess this qualifies.
I’ve always liked the puckish wit of Tom Lehrer
"Poisoning Pigeons In The Park " remains my favourite, so I’ve included it as a bonus.
Here is some my favorite songs . First song is 2 Brothers on the 4th floor - Dreams
2nd song is Egma - Never gonna lose your love
3rd song is Bad Boys Blue - Make My Dreams Come True
Beattles mainly, Nirvana, etc. Any major rock music is pretty much atheist (i.e. satanic). Paying attention to the lyrics is enough for you to realize that, of people like John Lennon.
In the classical liberal arts scheme, music is associated with Mars, as it is an art of command, a technique of infusing reactions, impulses and desires without passing through the filter of intelligence. That is why there are songs for different circumstances. You will not play Gregorian chant for soldiers in battle or military marches for monks focused on prayer. Rock and heavy metal were made to excite crowds, if possible even hysteria, infusing them with a kind of apocalyptic fear and an impulse to plunge into chaos. I cannot say that, with this, they have no social use.
In all of us there is something metalheading for the simple fact that we live in a time when no one escapes to participate, in any way, in the apocalyptic feeling that is in the air.
The greatest proof that heavy metal has some deafening potential is the displaced and absurd analogies that, at the slightest provocation, its cultists fire in defense of it, as if touching this point would activate some psychotic nucleus hidden in their brains. I can repeat the distinction between matter and form a thousand times, and suddenly intelligent individuals, who would immediately understand it if applied to anything else, become unable to grasp it.
More confirmation, if any were needed, that you don’t have a fucking clue what atheism means.
Like your posts then really.
This one is bit more combative to Theistic ideals
Whereas, this one is more of a morale boost for Atheists.
Rush’s"Tom Sawyer," “Free Will,” and “Show, Don’t Tell” all come to mind as Atheist songs. Coven’s “One Tin Soldier” is a classic that is timely and timeless for the Holidays. Although Bob Marley was Rastafarian, “Stand Up For Your Rights” has lyrics an Atheist can appreciate. Same likewise with many great tunes of resistance to unjust authority, blind tradition, and dangerous illusion.
That Lawrence Welk cover sounds like it’s “A’wonderful, A’wonderfull! Get’a down, get’a funky! POP! F-I-I-I-Z!”
I’ll have to look that up! That’s about like all the hilarious covers of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and other Rock stars by TV, movie, and political celebrities on the collection Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off.