• Posts Tagged ‘music’

    lenten journal: a time for singing

    by  • March 27, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Writing about time — and finishing up with Tom Waits — has sent me in search of time songs. Today I offer a soundtrack to pass the time. Bruce Cockburn opens the set with “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” John Mellencamp continues: “Save Some Time to Dream.” An old favorite — Shawn Colvin singing...

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    lenten journal: about time

    by  • March 27, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Lent is almost over and I am just now digging into the stack of books I got for Christmas. The one on the top of the heap was About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang by Adam Frank. Ginger gave it to me because she knows how fascinated I...

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    lenten journal: question(s)

    by  • March 26, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    love is the opening door love is what we came here for no one can offer you more do you know what I mean have your eyes really seen — Lesley Duncan, “Love Song” Lesley Duncan’s lyrics came back to find me today (I know the song because of Elton John’s cover on his...

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    lenten journal: chance of rain

    by  • March 25, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    when it rains like thisI wish for my old vinylrecords and the songsthat seep back intomy heart like waterinto our basement its something otherthan mere melancholyor even memory the melodies have wornrivers in my heartwhose beds grow dry from time to time . . .and then it rains wordsand music – blossomsmile some sunshineand...

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    lenten journal: bear with me

    by  • March 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    In my post yesterday I quoted from Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address at South-by- Southwest, which I would like to repeat: The purity of human expression and experience is not confined – there’s no pure way of doing it; there’s just doing it . . . . At the end of the day, it’s the...

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    lenten journal: hold on, hold on . . .

    by  • March 19, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Next Sunday I am going to be a part of a bluegrass group that will be the service musicians for our morning worship. Most of the group is one family – parents and three boys, all of whom play instruments. The youngest one, who is six or seven, plays the mandolin likes it’s part...

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    advent journal: soundtrack for the prophet

    by  • December 4, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Tomorrow I will play the prophet for the second time this Advent, and for something like the twentieth Advent in a row. Since our church follows the Common Lectionary (does that mean there’s an “uncommon” one?), the scripture passages ascribed to each Sunday follow a three year cycle. This is Year B, which is...

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    go home to your friends

    by  • November 17, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Ben and Scott Cunningham are wonderful songwriters and musicians, and awesome people as well. They are also my nephews. As a band, they call themselves The Olive Tree and they have just released a new collection (am I still allowed to call it an album?) that they offer as a free download at bandcamp.com....

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    singing my way back in

    by  • August 5, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I know. I haven’t posted in a while. OK, almost a month. I decided I would sing my way back in — that is, I would sing along. The tone for this collection was set by Eric Folkerth, who pointed me to Eric Schwartz. Listen and enjoy the soulfulness. The next man that came...

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    wild goose reflections

    by  • June 29, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Sunday evening I sat down to dinner with friends from Durham after I had made my last run to the airport of the day to drop off folks heading home from the Wild Goose Festival, which was held at Shakori Hills near Durham. Saturday was my friend Terry’s birthday and I wanted to eat...

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