Song of the Day, July 7: Did Galileo Pray? by Ellis Paul

PaulLiveGalilleoToday’s song is a long-time staple of Ellis Paul’s wonderful live shows. Paul is a master of the observational song and loves to create though-provoking situations. On Did Galileo Pray?, he ponders the intersections of faith and knowledge. Reflecting on Galileo’s treatment by the church for simply furthering scientific knowledge, he notes the challenge of the scientist’s personal faith. It’s a smart look at the complexities of human behavior and a nice analysis of the variety of ways in which we believe.

Over a simple but compelling tune, Paul offers an almost whispered vocal, creating a sense of reverence and reflection. It’s a standout in his stellar catalog, captured on his album Live.

He’s a fine performer, bantering with the audience and offering stories to go with his songs. Enjoy this live performance, featuring an ironic tale of scientific intolerance.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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