April 1, 2020

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In her journey of grief, chronicled in the song set Ashes and Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter found […]

My Pandemic Playlist

My Pandemic Playlist 12 songs for those maintaining social distance, and riding the roller coaster of inner responses that accompany life in the Covid-19 pandemic. A dose of reality, a pinch of despair, perhaps a smile, some perspective, hope, love, and faith mixed together and served to you today. • • • Wild World (Cat […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (3)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (3) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In past years we’ve considered the music of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, Wilco’s Yankee Hotel […]

Music Monday: Hymn for the 81%

Hymn for the 81% By Daniel Deitrich • About this song, Daniel Deitrich writes: In 2016, 81% of white evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump after (among other things) hearing an audio recording of him bragging about sexually assaulting women. Maya Angelou famously said, “when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first […]

On My Winter Playlist…

For all with cabin fever — seasonal or otherwise. Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend Today these eyes scan bleached-out lands For the coming of the outbound stage Pacing the cage… • Songwriter: […]

Happy New Year from Internet Monk

Decade’s End: My Favorite Albums — 2010-2019 — PLUS Song of the Year 2019

DECADE’S END My Favorite Albums Each Year from 2010-2019 • 2010: Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle Runner-up: American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Johnny Cash 2011: Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars Runner-up: So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon 2012: Ashes & Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter Runner-up: That’s Why God Made the Radio, The Beach Boys 2013: Lines […]