• music

    the jesus ballad

    by  • February 21, 2014 • change, faith, music • 13 Comments

    On my last trip to Texas, I was passing through Fort Worth and called an old friend to meet me for lunch. When he asked what I wanted to eat, I said, “Chicken fried steak,” since, for all of its wonderful food, that is not a part of the Carolina culinary lexicon. As I...

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    twenty-one times

    by  • November 10, 2013 • friends, music, time • 7 Comments

    If you have followed this blog for very long, you have heard me make reference to my songwriting days with my friend, Billy Crockett. This week, his wife Dodee posted a video of him singing what is perhaps my favorite song we wrote together. The idea grew out of our reading Paul Bowles’ amazing...

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    faith like a row boat

    by  • August 29, 2013 • faith, grief, music, Uncategorized • 14 Comments

    One of the traditions in church I don’t take easily is that of changing the lyrics of hymns — for whatever reasons. Down the years, however, those who have served on the committees who have collected and compiled the hymns have felt free to alter the texts (as they call them) and move on...

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