Jars of Clay (Judges 7:1–8:3)

In 2016, American documentary filmmaker Jennifer Nelson released a documentary titled Saving Happy Birthday. The film was the culmination of a four-year battle against giant record label Warner/Chappel Music over dubious copyright claims to the song “Happy Birthday to You.” Several years earlier, Nelson had Read More …

Getting in the Game (Judges 5:1–31)

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is widely considered a masterpiece of twentieth-century music. When it was released, reactions were, at best, mixed. Music critics were confused by the seeming senselessness of it all. One described the song as “a superficially impressive pastiche of incongruous musical styles,” and Read More …

Going Off-Script (Judges 4:1–5:31)

In mid-2017, tensions began to arise in Donegal, Ireland about home renovations in the county. Holiday homeowners were complaining to the local town council about permanent residents who were making renovations that negatively affected holidayers. The town council received multiple complaints, and eventually a local Read More …