A Spark from the Infinite

We’re trying to figure it all out—with songs. Terry Riley’s “A Spark from the Infinite” is just one of several songs here about striving for a bit of insight and wisdom, giving voice to the religious impulse, reconciling or contrasting the secular and sacred. David Garland presents a couple different takes on heaven from Talking Heads, and the amazing gospel singer Rance Allen; a sonic contemplation from Panda Bear’s “Young Prayer”; an old Leonard Cohen classic performed by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, plus Cohen’s own brand new single “Show Me the Place”; Randy Newman’s “God’s Song”; songs about kissing as blessing, and more.