Volume 93, Issue 12

Wednesday, March 18, 1999



The stuff dreams are made of

Something More something less

Ballads of sex and death with a smile

Giuliano preaches the virtues of rock



Giuliano preaches the virtues of rock

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MY FRIENDS CALL ME "MAD DOG." The Mark Giuliano Band can be seen 10 p.m. Saturday night at the Embassy and their second album, Part of the Plan will be released Oct. 16.

By Sara Martel
Gazette Staff

While many ministers may only see rock music as a topic for condemnation from behind the pulpit, United Church minister Mark Giuliano considers it a creative venue from which to look at life. In fact, Giuliano not only praises this musical style, he also performs and writes it.

Although a lot of people may raise an eyebrow to Giuliano's eclectic choice in vocation, the ordained minister, part-time Huron College theology professor and alternative rock musician sees both his music and his ministry as creative ways to share his world view.

"Someone asked me if I liked ministry, but where else in our society do they pay you to think about life then talk about it?" he speculates. "It's an opportunity just to reflect on what's going on in the world, piece together your own perspective then share it with people who will hopefully be interested in hearing it. People also ask me what a minister is doing playing alternative rock n' roll music, but again it's another way to be creative."

Despite the shared roles of music and ministry in Giuliano's life, the Connecticut native does not write or perform Christian rock. Instead, he describes his musical style as alternative.

Pervading Giuliano's lyrics is the challenge of the mainstream. The artist recognizes the ability of alternative music to explore and critique this realm due to the style's peripheral niche. For this reason, the minister values the work of artists which many religious groups castigate.

"Marilyn Manson, now there's a prophetic voice, absolutely. Like 'The Beautiful People,' that stuff should be preached from the pulpits across Canada and the United States today. That's kind of what I'm talking about, it's edgier music and because it's not exactly mainstream, it can critique the mainstream."

Although Giuliano is not afraid to sing or preach against materialism or superficiality, it is not his moral or social stance which prevents him from touring the globe in search of commercial repute.

"The plan is currently just do some southwestern Ontario stuff. You know, you play late Saturday night gigs then you have to get up early Sunday morning to preach, you can't be more than a couple of hours away, otherwise your toast in the morning."

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