Sunday, July 31, 2011

The ship song project: marking an Australian spiritual space

Just released, a song in honour of one of Australia’s spiritual spaces. It is a love song, dedicated to the Sydney Opera House, based around the song by Nick Cave. In my Reading Cultures/Sociology for Ministry class, I have explored the Sydney Opera House as one of Australia’s spiritual spaces (called “cultural cathedral” here) – (along with Melbourne Cricket Ground, Uluru and Anzac memorials). (Here is what we did in the class this year and for the “video” explanation, go here)) Up till now, I’ve used a video clip of an architect describing the significance of the Opera House, but this seems much more emotionally and culturally connective.

(I love the way this video starts with a Kiwi (Neil Finn), followed by an indigenous voice (Kev Carmody, (updated) plus another Kiwi, Maori Teddy Tahu Rhodes). A hopeful sign perhaps, of an Australian identity that begins with voices other than Anglo?)

Posted by steve at 08:50 PM


  1. The opera singer who sings in this clip is Teddy Tahu Rhodes from Christchurch, so Neil Finn is not the only Kiwi in it! E.T.

    Comment by Elizabeth Taylor — August 4, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

  2. Updated.



    Comment by steve — August 4, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

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