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    muscle memory

    by  • April 26, 2016 • friends, music, poetry • 5 Comments

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    muscle memory dishwashing always needs a soundtrack so I let my phone play deejay and the next thing I knew I was chewing on a piece of grass walking down the road even though we ain’t go money there’s a place in the world for a gambler so dance with me ‘cause oz never...

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    practice

    by  • April 18, 2016 • music, poetry • 4 Comments

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    practice I spent the evening singing harmony with a pick-up gospel choir— songs I didn’t know parts I didn’t know offering me the gentle reminder that listening comes first, then you sing. Peace, Milton

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    prine time

    by  • April 13, 2016 • music, poetry • 5 Comments

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    prine time the first time I saw John Prine we were both much younger he sang fish and whistle—you forgive us and we’ll forgive you—and then the one about the angel that I learned too the last time I saw him was the night before his cancer had returned and he sang for almost...

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    lenten journal: seasons

    by  • March 11, 2016 • hope, lenten journal, music • 0 Comments

    seasons

    Maybe it’s not exactly the right word, but I was well into my thoughts for tonight when I realized I had already used weather; seasons will have to do. We have had a couple of early spring days here on the Shoreline, and it set me to thinking of songs about wind and rain...

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    lenten journal: soundtrack

    by  • March 9, 2016 • lenten journal, memory, music • 2 Comments

    soundtrack

    When I was in elementary school and the first part of junior high, we lived in Lusaka, Zambia. One of my clearest memories is of our Sunday after-church ritual: we would come home and have lunch, and then Dad would wash the dishes and Miller and I would dry them. While we worked, we...

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    lenten journal: old friend

    by  • February 29, 2016 • friends, lenten journal, music • 5 Comments

    old friend

    Today’s words grew out of those suggested when I was crowdsourcing ideas for my Lenten writings. The suggestion was best friends. After hearing from some lifelong friends over the past several days in different ways, I made a slight adjustment.  Thinking about the words set me to thinking of songs, and so I offer another musical...

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    lenten journal: sound

    by  • February 27, 2016 • incarnation, lenten journal, music, sound • 4 Comments

    sound

    From time to time, as I read an author’s work, my connection with the writer moves beyond the page to a more personal connection. They become my friend—an odd use of the word, I suppose, having never met them—because of the resonance I feel. Reading their books becomes a conversation of sorts. I can...

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    lenten journal: soul music

    by  • February 22, 2016 • lenten journal, music • 7 Comments

    soul music

    When I asked for words to ponder during Lent, one friend offered two: soul music. As I started thinking about it, I began to think of songs, though not necessarily Motown. I began to think of songs that have spoken to me in recent times–some old, some new. Tonight, then, I offer a Lenten...

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