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Tom Petty, Three Chords, and the Church of Free Falling

Tom Petty, Three Chords, and the Church of Free Falling

This piece was written by Andrew Johnson. 

My mom texts me Monday morning to let me know that Tom Petty had been hospitalized after a cardiac arrest. I follow the news off and on the rest of the day, seeing conflicting reports over whether or not he had died. This confusion over Petty’s death, especially following Sunday’s news of 59 people killed in Las Vegas, leaves me feeling particularly helpless and disillusioned with how quickly we as a nation can share bits of information but somehow fail to find shared meaning.

So I leave work a bit early, walk half a mile…

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Lifting Up Jeff Lynne, ELO and the Wilbury Sound

Lifting Up Jeff Lynne, ELO and the Wilbury Sound

There haven’t been any books written about Jeff Lynne yet, but there will be. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was sublime and would certainly be enough to qualify him as hagiography-worthy. What separates Jeff from many of the pop musicians of his generation, however, is the extremely potent second wind he caught in the late 1980s.

ELO never put out a dud in their 15 or so years together, refining a “sound” so infectious and cool that it’s no surprise it ha experienced such a dramatic revival in the past few years (where would the Flaming Lips be without ELO?!). Jeff’s outspoken…

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January Playlist

January Playlist

After a few months off, there’s a lot of ground to cover, and this is only a start. A few belated “best of 2010” tracks mixed in: 

1. This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies

2. Radio Tokyo – Puffy AmiYumi
3. Pretty Melody – Butch Walker
4. Too Blue – 7 Worlds Collide  feat. Johnny Marr & Jeff Tweedy
5. Tonight The Streets Are Ours – Richard Hawley
6. Heart In Your Heartbreak – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
7. Jiving Sister Fanny – The Rolling Stones
8. Be What You Are – The Staple Singers
9. It’s OK – Cee Lo Green
10. I Can Change…

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Rick Rubin and Tom Petty on Inspiration and Creativity

Rick Rubin and Tom Petty on Inspiration and Creativity

Rounding out our music-centered day, a few soundbites from Peter Bogdanovich’s excellent documentary about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Runnin’ Down a Dream. Having never been much of a Petty fan (outside of The Wilburys, of course), I was floored by how good the film is; it’s as well-crafted as any of Petty’s best songs, but also filled with real drama and remarkable thoughtfulness and candor. Here are a couple of interesting quotes from producer Rick Rubin and one from Petty himself about the ineffable dynamics of inspiration (ht NM):

Rubin: “[Tom Petty is], of anyone I’ve worked with, the…

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"Soap and Water, My Closest Friends": The Gospel According to Chuck Prophet

"Soap and Water, My Closest Friends": The Gospel According to Chuck Prophet

“Soap and water are my closest friends,
No one quite knows just where we’ve been.”

He looks and sounds a lot like an acid-washed Tom Petty. He is a seasoned rock’n’roller, who ran 10 years with his country rock band, Green on Red, and has for 20 years run a fairly successful solo career. He’s kind of abrasive, even annoying, but his music shows an understanding of the rock’n’roll philosophical lineage he follows, of the grit and filth of human hardship/addiction/disappointment and unrequited love, and hope for something more. In his website bio before the release of “Soap and Water” (2007), John…

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July Playlist

A bit more current than I prefer, but nonetheless pretty darn summer-lovin’:

1. Flipside – The Sountrack Of Our Lives2. Ain’t That Enough – Teenage Fanclub3. Baby You’re Blind – God Help The Girl4. Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare – Matt & Kim5. Doctor My Eyes – Jackson 56. How Long – Honeybus7. Walls (Circus) – Tom Petty and Lindsey Buckingham8. Ballad of a Well-Known Gun – Elton John9. You Got To Die – Mark Miller10. Let Go – Frou Frou11. Born Again – RPA & The United Nations of Sound12. Lovefool – The Morning Benders13. Mirror Ball – Jay Bennett14. Marley…

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Don Henley and The Heart of the Matter

Don Henley and The Heart of the Matter

I’ve hear this song a million times (mostly in department stores and elevators), but when I heard it again yesterday, I was struck by its Christian understanding of forgiveness. It may be from the 80’s and it may sound a little too much like Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, etc. but it’s an underrated rock gem.

Henley seems to write about an old soured relationship that has reentered his life. He relives the pain of this lost love and he tries to come to terms with its meaning. In the fog of his mixed motives and competing emotions he arrives…

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August Playlist

August Playlist

Can’t seem to shake this britpop/MJ/Mott the Hoople kick… Enjoy:

1. Eliza – The Color Bars
2. I Wish I Was Your Mother – Mott The Hoople
3. Safe In My Garden – The Mamas & The Papas
4. All The King’s Men – Wild Beasts
5. Your Control – Crooked Fingers
6. Hot Patootie Bless My Soul – Meat Loaf
7. Oogum Boogum – Brenton Wood
8. Holy Spirit – Limousine
9. Night Time Lover – LaToya and Michael Jackson
10. The Miracle – Richard Ashcroft
11. Dream Another Dream – Rialto
12. Made Of Stone – The Stone Roses
13….

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God Does His Part and I Do Mine: The Falsehood of Semi-Pelagianism

God Does His Part and I Do Mine: The Falsehood of Semi-Pelagianism

Hey there glossary fans! This week I wanted to look at a term that sums up what may be the prevailing perspective on the human relationship with God in the world today. A term that we throw around a lot on here, and one that, at least in practice, spans almost all religions. I’m talking about Semi-Pelagianism.

Semi-Pelagianism is the mental compromise that we all make with the heresy of Pelagianism, the theological model propounded by Pelagius, a British monk, and condemned as heresy by the Roman Catholic Church in A.D. 416. Pelagius denied the doctrine of original sin,…

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Grace, Spontaneity, and The Traveling Wilburys

Grace, Spontaneity, and The Traveling Wilburys

In the late 1980s, a rock n roll miracle occurred. George Harrison was asked by his label to record a b-side for one of the singles from his big comeback album, Cloud Nine. Through an incredible set of circumstances, he and his producer, Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame), found themselves in the studio with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. The feeling was so good that they decided, on the spot, to make a full album together, and release it under the name The Traveling Wilburys. There had been no plan – it just happened:

(If the video’s down, go…

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