November 17, 2019

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: All Borders Vanish Here

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: All Borders Vanish Here Our recent travels brought to mind one of my favorite songs of all time, from one of the best singer-songwriters around. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 2012 album Ashes And Roses is a masterpiece I return to time and time again. She released this album after a time […]

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: Special Friday Edition

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: Special Friday Edition The Greatest Folk Singer You’ve Never Heard Of It’s a special Friday edition of “Greatest Songs of My Lifetime,” which we began during last Saturday’s Brunch. Pastor Dan will be hosting tomorrow’s weekly feast, so I thought I’d move the “Greatest Songs” piece to today. My life […]

IM Recommended Listening: Kate Rusby

IM Recommended Listening Philosophers, Poets and Kings – by Kate Rusby • • • Kate Rusby, from Barnsley in Yorkshire, England, has been singing since she was a child. Born into a family of musicians, she took up the guitar, piano, and violin, and sang in local folk festivals, eventually becoming the lead vocalist in […]

The 3 Days — Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday 2019 Praise and thanks remain your song of praise Hell and the devil are overcome their gates are destroyed Shout and cheer, you loosened tongues, so that you are heard in heaven Open up, you heavens,the splendid arches, the Lion of Judah comes drawn in victory! • J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio (BWV 249) […]

Lent with John Prine: Sam Stone

Lent with John Prine Sam Stone There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes And Jesus Christ died for nothin’ I suppose Little pitchers have big ears — don’t stop to count the years Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios Mmm…. • One of John Prine’s saddest songs — […]

Lent with John Prine: Paradise

Lent with John Prine Paradise Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man • The 1960s and 70s was a time […]

Lent with John Prine: Hello in There

Lent with John Prine Hello in There We are listening to iconic American folksinger John Prine during Lent this year, choosing songs that highlight themes of the season. Of course, in Lent we think of change as well as our mortality — themes artists have always and will ever address. I can’t think of a […]

Ash Wednesday with an Angel from Montgomery

Ash Wednesday with an Angel from Montgomery Make me an angel That flies from Montgomery Make me a poster Of an old rodeo Just give me one thing That I can hold on to To believe in this livin’ Is just a hard way to go Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I […]

Happy New Year! — My January Playlist

Happy New Year! Here is my music playlist for January. It’s all about circles ’round the sun, a new creation in time, darkness and cold, love and loss, cabin fever, and finding the strength to pray and work for peace. • • • 1 Auld Lang Syne (James Taylor) 2 One More Circle (Peter Mayer) […]

Monday Miscellany

Monday Miscellany Yesterday’s lectionary Gospel reading was Mark 10:2-16, a passage I understand a lot of pastors dread preaching. It is a “divorce” passage where Jesus speaks directly to the subject. I like what our pastor said. He stressed God’s design for couples to marry and live together in love for a lifetime. And then […]