Posts tagged "Pearl Jam"

Another Week Ends: OWL Pushback, Antihero Armstrong, Pearls for Gleason, New McCartney, Ambitious Slackers, Space Cowboys, Food-Profiling, and Dilbert’s Failure

Another Week Ends: OWL Pushback, Antihero Armstrong, Pearls for Gleason, New McCartney, Ambitious Slackers, Space Cowboys, Food-Profiling, and Dilbert’s Failure

1. Yesterday I mentioned the name-dropping op-ed that appeared on the Washington Post, Tullian Tchividjian’s “The Missing Message in Today’s Churches.” It’s fine little piece, notable as much for where it was published as what it is saying, most of which will be familiar to readers of this site:

“Too many churches perpetuate the impression that Christianity is primarily concerned with morality. As my colleague David Zahl has written, ‘Christianity is not about good people getting better. It is about real people coping with their failure to be good.’ The heart of the Christian faith is Good News not good behavior….

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Nick Lowe Was Born in Bethlehem (and Eddie Vedder Is Overwhelmed by Grace)

Two delightful surprises that just couldn’t wait til tomorrow’s round-up, both from the world of what is not-so-affectionately known as “dad-rock”. First, there’s the absolutely immaculate (!) first taste of Mbird fave Nick Lowe’s forthcoming Christmas record, “I Was Born In Bethlehem,” an offertory in the making if I’ve ever heard one. The song is the product of Nick imagining what it would be like to encounter Jesus in the seat next to him on an airplane and asking, “So, what do you do?” USA Today, who debuted the track yesterday described it as, “the kind of plainspoken retelling of the Nativity that [Nick's one-time father-in-law] Johnny Cash might have enjoyed, humanizing Jesus but never diminishing him.” Favorite line is the final one: “I’ve done what I can/To be there when a man/can’t find a friend/I was born in Bethlehem”.

Secondly, the great Grunge-father in the sky must have read our Nirvana tribute–why else would he smile on us as sweetly as he has with the new Pearl Jam single, “Sirens.” Mortality has inspired a number of Eddie Vedder’s finest songs over the years, and this one ranks right up there with the very best, even if it sounds dangerously Coldplay-ish in parts. But Eddie proves he can still tingle spines with that inimitable voice of his, especially when given lines like: “If I think too much/ I can get over-/whelmed by the grace by which we live/ our lives with death over our shoulders.”

The Gospel

The Gospel

Do you remember the Pearl Jam song “Wishlist” from the album Yield? Well, it’s one of my personal faves, and in it Eddie Vedder sings a very profound line, I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good. I don’t know about you, but in the past I used to find myself in complete agreement with Eddie. I wished I had good news to share. Most of the time, I felt like what I had to say about Christianity was not very good news at all. I thought the Gospel was actually about exhorting people to improve…

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Pearl Jam Promoting Death and Resurrection?

Pearl Jam Promoting Death and Resurrection?

With Spring in full-bloom, I’ve had one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs “on repeat” in my mental playlist: “Thumbing My Way”. It’s a song of deep mourning and regret of lost love. Mr. Vedder is essentially describing a death, and he’s hoping for resurrection, for the springtime ahead…aren’t we all? Thankfully we don’t have to hitchhike to Heaven, although the imagery brings back some fond memories of Michael Landon, and there is some passivity implied. Still, Jesus is more like a special forces unit in a van with no windows going around grabbing people off the street. Just kidding!…I…

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