Mumford & Sons: Hootenanny for the soul

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The standing-room-only crowd that crammed the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley for the second of three sold-out Mumford & Sons concerts late last month. Photo by Cathleen Falsani

The standing-room-only crowd that crammed the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley for the second of three sold-out Mumford & Sons concerts late last month. Photo by Cathleen Falsani

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(RNS) Since their debut in 2009, Mumford & Sons has achieved monumental success, both critically and commercially, particularly among a subset of diehard fans I'd describe as the spiritual-but-not-religious.

  • Noshwat Somal

    When you build and climb your tower to get closer to God you distance yourself from humanity. Those of us who would rather not climb, for we see an ascent with no end, stay here, with the earth firm beneath our toes. And there’s no comfort in this shade your tower’s shadow has thrown. There’s only cold damp darkness and a hope you’ll come home. But we know where the shadows end, and we seek that border where the light begins. It is warmer there. And we feel the light and air on our faces before we even open our eyes. We don’t even have to open our eyes. We just choose the substance over the shadow and it never lies, and we know it’s the truth for it happens twice.

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  • been there, done that (formerly rhymeswithplague)

    I once was riding to work in a carpool of four cramped into a Volkswagen Beetle. We were all talking while the radio provided background music. But when The Byrds came on the radio and started singing “Turn, Turn, Turn” everyone grew quiet. When the song ended, I said “That was from the Bible.” The driver, George, said, “What is from the Bible?” and I said, “The lyrics to that song. They’re from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes” and George said (and it was an eye-opening moment for me), “Oh, I wasn’t listening to the words. I just liked the beat.”

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