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Another Week Ends: Dylan, Cash and O'Connor, Gospel Guitar, Cathartic Indignation, Black Mirrors, and Impossible Fun Runs

Another Week Ends: Dylan, Cash and O’Connor, Gospel Guitar, Cathartic Indignation, Black Mirrors, and Impossible Fun Runs

1. Awesome, awesome story about a funky gospel music guitarist in the Atlanta area named Don Schanche, who also happens to be white. The Bitter Southerner published Don’s story, which gives a beautiful picture of racial reconciliation happening not on some abstract or systemic level, but interpersonally, on-the-ground, as a fruit of the gospel. The message which reconciled Don to his own faith is the same message of welcome and acceptance that he received from those within these little, nowhere churches where he played.

I learned how to find the key when a singer jumps into a song without warning, how…

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The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago

Another Week Ends: Perfectionistic Pride, Spufford Bathes, Country Priests, Shoplifting Grace, Quitting Baseball, Katy Perry, Funeral Selfies, and William Peter Blatty

Another Week Ends: Perfectionistic Pride, Spufford Bathes, Country Priests, Shoplifting Grace, Quitting Baseball, Katy Perry, Funeral Selfies, and William Peter Blatty

1. In the Harvard Business Review, Greg McKeown explores the problem of perfectionism, urging us “Today, Just Be Average”. Easier said than done, but a few of the observations are worth reproducing here, ht RW:

Unlike other obsessions and addictions, perfectionism is something a lot of people celebrate, believing it’s an asset. But true perfectionism can actually get in the way of productivity and happiness. I recently interviewed David Burns, author of “Feeling Good” has made this exact connection. In his more than 35,000 therapy sessions he has learned that the pursuit of perfection is arguably the surest way to undermine…

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The Old Account Was Settled

Even if you’ve heard it a hundred times, it’s just good to listen to again…and again…

Flesh and Blood Need Flesh and Blood

Another gem from the Johnny Cash Files:

So when this Day was ended / I was still not satisfied
For I knew ev’rything I touched / Would wither and would die
And Love is all that will remain / And grow from all these Seed;
Mother Nature’s quite a Lady / But you’re the one I need
Flesh And Blood need Flesh And Blood / And you’re the one I need.

"How Did You Find Me Here?": American Music's Love-Laden Legacy (A Conference Breakout Primer)

“How Did You Find Me Here?”: American Music’s Love-Laden Legacy (A Conference Breakout Primer)

“200-proof lovin’ is all the proof I need.” –Jason & The Scorchers

One of Mockingbird’s deepest wells is the life-giving fount flowing from all forms of American music, from Elvis to Johnny to Michael to Axl. From the folk-lineaged prophecies to the jukebox-empty-bar country confessional to the anthemic rock-throb of a power ballad, to the synthy-moog-loving distortions of desire, American music has had a something in common, and it’s why we can’t help but keep writing about it, looking to it, singing it in our cars. It’s not that it just so happens to be what we love to listen to,…

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The Man in White

The Man in Black on the Man in White…

Songs of the Outlaw: Waylon Jennings, 1000-Mile Ramblings, and the "Freedom to Stay"

Songs of the Outlaw: Waylon Jennings, 1000-Mile Ramblings, and the “Freedom to Stay”

Waylon Jennings, or “Hoss,” or “Waymore,” is the original Nashville Rebel. When he wasn’t allowed to have long hair, or play his own guitar in recording sessions, or use his own band in recording sessions, he did it anyways. Nashville recording giants, moving into what later became known as the Countrypolitan Nashville sound, the variety of pop-country still teeming in Nashville to this day, what with the orchestral sets, choral backdrops, and slick-crooning lead vocalists expected Waylon to follow suit, and Waylon simply said, “You start messing with my music, I get mean.”

It was at this fork in the road…

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Hopelessly Devoted: Isaiah Chapter Thirty Five Verses One through Four

Hopelessly Devoted: Isaiah Chapter Thirty Five Verses One through Four

Through the wilderness and into Christmas, this morning’s devotion comes from Nate M.

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold your God will come with vengeance
with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

I think that French hitman was onto…

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Glen Campbell Is Still On the Line

Glen Campbell Is Still On the Line

I strongly suspect that Rick Rubin will not be remembered primarily for starting Def Jam records – you know, where he not only launched the careers of countless hip-hop stars, but played a key role in shepherding rap music into the American mainstream. He’ll go down instead as the man who taught rock stars how to age gracefully. How to bring their careers to a dignified end, Johnny Cash’s Rubin-produced American Recordings series being the template that an increasing amount of older artists are (thankfully) adopting, e.g. Tom Jones and Neil Diamond. These are sober records that embrace, or at…

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Good Good Friday Songs: Johnny Cash’s “Redemption”

Billy Joe Shaver vs. Satan

More evidence that Billy Joe rocks harder than any man his age has a right to… What a stud, definitely the heir apparent to Johnny Cash’s voice-of-God throne. He claims that Bad Blake wasn’t based on him, but I beg to differ. Here’s a barnburner from his most recent record: