July 13, 2020

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 […]

Enjoying Handel’s Sublime Gift

Pastor Dan and his wife graciously treated us by inviting us to join them last night for a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Center for the Performing Arts here in Indianapolis. It was magnificent. The Palladium is a state of the art concert venue, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, directed by […]

Advent Music: An Advent Invitation from Peter Mayer

The promise that comes to us in the darkness… Maybe peace hides in a storm Maybe winter’s heart is warm Maybe Light itself is born In the longest night… • Light a candle, sing a song Say that the shadows shall not cross Make an oblation out of all you’ve lost In the longest night […]

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) […]